Wednesday, July 6, 2011

What does counseling mean for you?

What does the word "counselling" mean to you.  These might be some of your replies.
  • To help me solve problems
  • To help me learn about myself
  • To listen to me and support me
  • To simply talk about my thoughts and problems
  • To get advice
For me, counseling is in essence, about teaching people about emotional literacy, and how to apply emotional literacy and processing to regulate their emotions, and to understand self.

Think of a time when you reacted to something, and you did not wish to react like that anymore.  Were you able to stop that?  Were you able to prevent that next time?

So the counselling process is to help people understand their mind, and its conditioning.  Why does it react the way it does, how to detach/defuse from the mind, how to "recondition" the mind, and just as importantly, how to help the mind to accept the things that one cannot change.  In essence, counselling helps us to become more emotionally aware, and psychologically flexible/agile.

This process takes self awareness, knowledge, application of knowledge, repetition, repetition, and more repetition, until it becomes habit.

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