The BC Association of Clinical Counselling Definition: “Clinical counselling uses established mental health principles, values and techniques to aid you in achieving insight into existing challenges, gaining new skills and capacities, and earning emotional freedom from historical issues”.
Clinical Counselling allows the essential YOU beneath all the constructed layers to emerge and shine through a process of exploration, skill acquisition, emotional re-evaluation, and knowledge attainment. This process constructs new beliefs about self, others and life, which in turn, allows new adaptive behaviors.
The therapeutic process begins with you share what brings you in to the change process at this moment in your life, and together we illuminate the contrast between where you find yourself and where you want to be. The themes that emerge from this exploration form the goals of therapy. Therapy is a change process which offers opportunities for:
- emotionally corrective experiences as the therapeutic alliance forms,
- introspection to garner insights,
- the practice of new skills resulting in new behaviour and increased competence,
- the acquisition of knowledge to generate empowerment.