By: Julian McNally Counselling Psychologist  02-Mar-2011
Keywords: Counselling, Depression, Relaxation

Counselling starts with me listening to you as you relate your concerns. I'll often ask questions for clarification. I do this because I'm trying not only to understand what has been or is happening to you, but also how you see the world. I'll often ask questions that are aimed at finding out what resources and strengths you have available in your life. A resource can be anything from a friend to a skill to membership of a religion, club, family or culture.

Once I've asked enough questions - and sometimes well before then - we'll start generating solutions to your problem. A solution can take several forms, depending on the problem, the person and the environment in which the problem shows up. For some people the solution will be that the problem stops showing up. For others it will be that the problem shows up in a different way - it seems to be no longer a problem, or not as distressing. For yet other people the solution may be that they show up in a different way - as more resourceful, skilful, patient, graceful, confident, peaceful or happy.

Counselling is not teaching, giving advice, coaching, sympathising, psychoanalysing or making someone do what they should do or what is good for them. However, at different times these things may happen in a counselling session. But always in a context of respect and with the intention of reducing suffering. To understand more about my approach to counselling and therapy email or call me, or read more on this site under the tags/categories counselling and therapy.

Keywords: Addictions, Adoption Issues, Anxiety Counselling, Counselling, Depression, Depression Therapy, Happiness, Medicare Rebates, Positive Psychology, Psychologist, Psychotherapy, Relaxation, Stress Counselling

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