Counselling involves exploring and addressing specific problems that are of most concern to you. The counsellor facilitates this process by striving to understand these problems and work with you whilst listening in an open and non judgemental way.
Through listening and asking questions from time to time the counsellor will be able to help you make sense of the problems that are most troubling in a way that is understandable to you. Counselling may also help identify the choices available for you for change and in doing so place you in a clearer position in which to manage your future.
A counsellor will not give you advice, nor tell you what to do. If it transpires that you require an advisory service then you will be referred to the relevant organisations/ agencies.
Counselling places great importance on creating an environment that engenders respect, trust and safety. Such fundamental elements of this process are essential for a client requiring support at a time of change e.g. Motherhood, losing a job, retirement, ending a relationship, illness.