Counselling is a process that offers individuals the environment to explore difficult issues in a confidential setting, and a counsellor is a trained professional who facilitates this process.
A counsellor, by virtue of his/her training and personality enables an environment where individuals can safely explore their issues and reflect upon them without fear of judgement, bias, condemnation or ridicule.
Confidentiality is one of the key reasons why counselling works.
Having the assurance that what you discuss will not be shared with anyone else allows you to have the freedom to talk through what bothers you without worrying over repercussions of what will happen if people find out.
Here is what confidentiality translates into:
Counselling relationships are purposeful working relationships and ultimately the goal is to ensure that you feel empowered, and to that end, it will set and work towards your goals.
While in some cases, you might find your immediate need satisfied in 1 or 2 sessions, typically you will find you take 3 to 20 sessions. Typically, we would like to meet on an ongoing basis (1-2 times/ week) once we start till we close.
We encourage a formal closure with a verbal feedback process in the last session.
Counselling is not about providing ready-made answers, but empowering you to find your own insights and solutions. As you can imagine, solutions often don’t emerge immediately, so multiple sessions may be required to help you journey inward.
Your counsellor will be able to give you a better idea of how many sessions are required, once he/she meets with you and understands your situation better.
Counselling is for anybody who is looking for support and help in tiding over a difficult situation. Much of counselling is to help people who are otherwise quite capable of functioning in their normal lives deal with personal or relational challenges and to get a deeper insight into themselves.
If one has a clinical condition, they may need to work with psychiatrists and other medical professions for medical intervention. For some illnesses, it might help to work with a counsellor under psychiatric supervision.
Counselling is a voluntary process and cannot work in any coercive or indirect manner. We cannot intervene without the person knowing.
Where you feel concerned for your friend but don't know how to broach the topic, please do come and talk to us. We can help you understand your own concerns, and prepare you to talk to your friend understand your concern.
We do offer counselling at site, including homes, hospitals etc where a client (or clients) are unable to travel to our site. These are under exceptional circumstances such as disability or disease. We are particular about the place of counselling as confidentiality and privacy are key elements of counselling, and we will want to ensure that the counsellor is able to assure such conditions even if working outside our own spaces. Typically, we will also charge for commute time and/or transport for at-site counselling
Professional practice of counselling means that the counsellors you will meet are professionally trained and certified, follow ethical guidelines of practice, work in environments which allow for privacy & confidentiality, maintain clear appointments and time schedules, maintain work boundaries including on time, space & social contact, monitor and document their work, are under supervision, are aware of their areas of work & limitations, uphold secular & non-discrimatory principles, and are committed to providing quality of service.
It is different from what you might experience from any well-meaning family friend or elder, or others who might find it difficult to hold themselves and their personal wishes, including religious or social convictions, separate from yours. While help from such community resources are often helpful, they may not be objective or purposeful as in professional counselling like at InnerSight.