Mental health counselling or clinical counselling is a practice in psychology that helps relieve psychological disorders or distress by promoting personal development. It also practices psychotherapy, consultation, forensic investigation specifically forensic testimony, formulation, implementation and evaluation of plans and programs for the treatment of psychological dysfunction and research. Because of the nature of this field, it is usually monitored as a mental health profession.
Mental health counselling has its roots from the later part of 19th century. And as the field of psychology grew, branches began to develop, among them is counselling psychology and clinical counselling- both are useful in mental health assessment and counselling.
While closely associated with clinical psychology, there are still marked differences between the two practices.
For one, counselling psychology is used by psychotherapist and counsellors to help patients with milder psychopathological concerns. On the other hand, clinical counselling deals with more severe and advanced forms of psychological disorders such as schizophrenia and psychosomatic disorders. Examples of disorders that could be treated by counselling psychology are the stress-related disorders. In essence, these are just minor mental health illness that requires very little (if there is any) medical interventions.
This method tries to address minor psychological concerns and make use of counselling techniques. This is possible since patients subjected under this method are still in control of their mind. For example, people who are distressed due to problematic circumstances could seek the professionals who could render counselling psychology.
Counselling psychology focuses more on the personal problems of the person that hamper his mental health. It helps him resolve problems by using non-directive methods, therefore a counselling psychologist would only open options that will help resolve the problem without being suggestive or authoritative. Also, counselling psychology is more focused on rational thinking instead of unconscious functioning.
The second difference is that counselling psychology adheres to a humanistic or person-centred approach. Third, it has a different view on the developmental problems associated with mental disorders.
On the other hand, clinical psychology deals more on severe psychological disorders such as clinical manic depression like unipolar and bipolar disorders, sexual dysfunctions such as exhibitionism, fetishism and sadism, phobias, traumas and substance-abuse or dependency.
Because of a more comprehensive and intensive nature of this field, clinical counselling makes use of psychological assessment tools that further confirm the symptoms of disorders among people with disrupted mental health. The mental health assessment is a medium for evaluating symptoms that a person presents. This gives insights to mental health professionals that will guide them in the preparation, administration and evaluation of treatment methods that are apt to the mental health needs of a patient. The process of assessment requires the use of interviews, physical examinations and clinical observations. Also, assessment tools such as intelligence, symptoms questionnaires, personality and neuropsychological tests are widely used. All these contribute significantly to the diagnostic impressions that will be formulated after all data are collected and studied.
Despite these differences, counselling psychology and clinical counselling are proven to be very effective as mental health counselling methods. Both advocates the use of talk treatment that could either help resolve the problem for the mental health patient or open up indications that may be pointed out as causes of the development of the disorder. In effect, both types of counselling make mental health therapy and recovery feasible.
Counselling and Psychotherapy are talking therapies . The basis of counselling and psychotherapy is the relationship that is established between the person being supported and their counsellor or psychotherapist. It is essential that the person being treated feels safe and that his counsellor is trusting and non-judgemental and that the person feels they will be met with respect, sensitivity and understanding so that they are free to speak about whatever is on their mind and make a recovery.
Counselling supports and enables the development of greater personal resilience. Taking a here and now focus, it can help to reduce anxiety and depression and negative thinking so that there is greater freedom to think through problems and find solutions and make a recovery. Counselling focuses on supporting our strengths and using these to develop new strategies so that we can find solutions to difficulties. It can help with a wide range of needs from anxiety and depression to relationship difficulties.
Psychotherapy helps us to make changes that are deep and long lasting. Taking a dual focus that looks both at our current situation and also any past circumstances that may be connected with it, it is possible to identify preferred patterns and preferences that take charge of our life even when we don’t want them to. This heightened understanding helps make it possible to change these patterns. In the process of making these changes people often re-discover parts of themselves that have become lost or overlooked over time. They develop new personal qualities and strengths and are able to build a richer and more satisfying life
If you are unsure about choosing between Counselling and Psychotherapy we will help you talk it through and come to a decision about what you feel will work best for you. We believe it is usually better to start small and progress from there if that is what is needed your never alone with Anxious minds.
Please ONLY apply for 1-1 Counselling and Online Counselling Sessions if you can commit to attending scheduled sessions. Non-attendance at scheduled sessions reduces the availability of sessions for our members and has a cost to the charity, missing a session without letting us know and you will be removed.
Anxious Minds runs a low cost counselling service which is provided by a team of volunteer counsellors.
We ask service users to make a donation, based on what you think you can afford per session. We suggest somewhere between £10 and £30 and the Counselling Coordinator will discuss this with you when we are able to allocate you to a counsellor.
We encourage you to discuss your counselling needs with your GP first, if you feel able to do so. Your GP can refer to you to a whole range of general and specialist mental health services, so talking openly with your GP may help you to access the service that is right for you first time round.
Counselling is accessed by an internal referral system so please speak to a member of staff who can help you with this.
Anxious Minds relies heavily on charitable donations, all money received goes straight back into providing more services.
Please note that all information provided, is held in the strictest of confidence and will not be shared with anyone outside of Anxious Minds, unless in circumstances where risk to self/others/a minor is indicated.
We also offer a Clinical Supervisory Service for supervisees who work with a range of client’s experiencing emotional distress in the private and voluntary sectors.
Our team of qualified clinical supervisors have given professional support and guidance for the last 12 years.
Payment for Clinical Supervisory Service
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