It hurts. You’re confused. You feel like things are crashing and burning. You are spiralling.
Counselling is an avenue to explore those tough emotions with a neutral party.
Kassandra uses a gentle approach with her clients. The first session is spent going over informed consent and learning about the situation that requires assistance.
The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association defines counselling as:
“Counselling is the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self-knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others.
The counsellor’s role is to facilitate the clients work in ways that respect the client’s values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.” (Notebook on Ethics, Legal Issues, and Standards for Counsellors Glenn Sheppard, Ed.D. CCC)