There are several broad types of counseling that a client may be offered. All counselors tailor what they offer to suit the client's individual needs.
A counselor will aim to help a client to get a clear overview of the problem and to help to either come up with a solution or support the client to find a solution.
The opportunity to talk to someone caring and supportive is enough to help some clients to re-engage with their own coping mechanism. However, some clients require a more detailed approach on.
As a client you need to have clear about what you want. You will work together with your counselor so you need to be straight with them. If you are not getting what you need from your sessions you will need to let your counselor know.
The following three examples of counseling can be used;
Psychodynamic counseling is a form of counseling that concentrates on patterns of relationships. It often looks at your previous relationships and how those experiences could be holding you back in your current relationship. Psychodynamic counseling will help you to explore how you communicate with others and understand how you can choose a more constructive way of communication so that you can change the way you interact with people to help current and future relationships.
Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) is a form of counseling that is purely solution focused. It helps you to put into action changes to help tackle unhelpful thinking habits. This form of counseling requires the client to be committed to working towards goals that they have set themselves. There is strong evidence for its effectiveness in treating depression and anxiety.
Person-centred counseling is a supporting form of counseling where clients are encouraged to find their own solutions to their problems. Person-centred counseling attempts to avoid any form of advice. This form of counseling is great for clients who want to get things off their chest.
Asking for help is always difficult. You may feel like you are admitting that you have lost control or losing control and this can be a painful and scary announcement. You may have concerns about finding the right counselor that you can talk to without feeling rejection or ridicule. Are lives are very personal to us and so are our difficulties that we face in them. Counselors are here to help no matter what the clients issue or difficulty. They are not there to judge the client or discuss the client's difficulties with anyone else.