In recent years counselling has become greatly recognised as an effective way to help people experiencing mental health complications, do you know the steps to becoming a counsellor.
In 2017, of the 1.4 million new referrals for talking therapies as part of NHS England’s Increasing Access to Talking Therapies (IAPT) programme, 965,000 people started treatment, a 32,000 increase on patient numbers from the previous year.
With this in mind, mental health is a widespread issue that will no doubt affect many of us or, at the very least, someone we know. In research conducted by mental health charity Mind, it was found that approximately 1 in 4 people in the UK will experience mental health issues each year and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health problem (such as anxiety or depression) in any given week. Taking these statistics into consideration, there is as much demand as ever for mental health support in the UK.
Various programs have been put in place to improve access and recruit more people into counselling, moreover, it’s an extremely viable time for you to consider a career in counselling. If this is something you are considering, you probably have many questions. Some people know early on that they want to work as counsellors, others decide on making the transition later in life. After all, counselling is a career choice that really values life experience.
However, there are a few things you need to carefully consider regarding choosing a career as a councillor. Here we have put together this handy, comprehensive guide designed to provide you with the necessary steps to becoming a councillor as well guidance and pointers on your personal strengths and traits before deciding whether this is the right path for you.
What Is Counselling
Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a form of therapy. On a base level, we think of counsellors as helping clients by talking through various issues that have presented themselves and are impacting on their quality of life. Counselling involves talking to a trained professional who will listen to you and help you find ways to deal with any emotional issues you may be having.
What Does A Counsellor Do
Counsellors will talk with clients in a safe and confidential domain. This kind of environment is created to encourage openness and for people to openly discuss their feelings.
People seek counselling for a variety of reasons, this could include relationship problems, the death of a loved one, or to help improve the way they deal with everyday life. It is not the role of a counsellor to tell people what to do or what decisions to make, counsellors will offer encouragement and urge people to look at their choices and discover ways to make positive changes to their lives. This role would normally involve utilising one counselling and a counsellor would work alongside a client on a wide range of issues or specialise in one specific area. Some of the most common areas that counselling can help with include:
- Mental health issues such as depression and anxiety
- Traumatic physical health conditions such as infertility
- A difficult life event such as a bereavement
- Tackling difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger
- Other factors which can impact mental health such as issues regarding gender or sexual identity
As a councillor you would build up a relationship of trust with your clients, this would involve:
- Agreeing with the clients on what would be covered in the sessions
- Encouraging clients to talk freely about their feelings
- Listening carefully and asking appropriate questions that are necessary to understanding a client’s situation
- Empathising with a client but then also challenging them if necessary
- Helping clients to consider alternative views and seeing things differently
- Knowing when to refer clients to other sources if appropriate
- Attending regular meetings with your counselling supervisor
- Keeping confidential records
In most cases, a counsellor would counsel clients individually and face-to-face. However, in other cases, they would work with couples, families or groups, or counsel people via the phone.
To continue finding out more about becoming a counsellor view part two here
Key Counselling Training Birmingham
Key Counselling Training in Birmingham are the leading provider of counselling courses. We are proud to assist with both aspiring and qualified counsellors providing a safe and highly motivating atmosphere designed to promote discussion and engagement for those who want to study counselling.
All our tutors are industry qualified professionals with the experience and enthusiasm to support you throughout your training. Most of our courses are accredited by prestigious organizations, and we’re regularly moderated by our awarding body. We limit our classes to 12 students to ensure that you receive a thorough and intensive learning experience. Get in touch with us today to find out more about what we can do for you.