Counselling is based upon a special kind of relationship between the client and a trained counsellor, and is quite unique in that it aims to empower the client. We use the word client ratther than patient as this implies that you are told what to do to make you feel better and that any failure is a failure on your part.
The counselling relationship allows you to explore your beliefs and your values at your pace. It does not impose any sets of values on you or judge the way you choose to live your life.
While a diagnosis will help you feel that your illness is being acknowledged or validated it can have the unintended consequence of limiting how your experience is viewed by a wellbeing practitoner. In counselling and counselling psychotherapy, by contrast, rather than working with a label, we will use a diagnosis to inform how we work with you as a unique individual with uniques experiences.
It is important to distinguish between skills and theory in the context of counselling. The word skills describes a set of interpersonal tools that the counsellor has at his or her disposal which might include:
Counselling theory, on the other hand, informs the use of these and other skills by drawing on bodies of knowledge about human development and the causes of distress. Our counsellors will have undergone extensive training, trypically at degree level, in order to become qualfied counsllors or psychotherapists.
Our Counselling Approaches page provides more information about the various theoretical models our counsellors are trained in.
Off The Record is an organisational member of BACP (British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy) and our individual counsellors are members of BACP and/or UKCP (United Kingdom Council for Psychotherapy) as well. These memberships ensure that your counsellor works ethically and with strict boundaries.
If problems to arise, we have a strict complaints procedures both as an organisation and as individual counsellors.
As Accredited members of BACP and UKCP members, some of our counsellors are now listed on Professional Standards Authority approved registers held by these bodies. Please feel fre to discuss this with your counsellor.
At the heart of the counselling relationship is absolute confidentiality. Counsellors are bound by ethical considerations to seek regular guidance from more highly trained supervisors to ensure they always work ethcally and competently.
As a client of Off The Record any information you provide will be kept confidential and not revealed to any third parties without your permission. However, there are some rare and special circumstances detailed below:
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