Lots Of People Consider Training To Be A Counsellor
But is it the only option?
Training to be a counsellor is often one of the first things people think about when looking for a career move into talking therapies.
I run The Devon Clinic, where we have several counsellors and take on many placement counsellors too. The results we have seen from counselling have been good, but sometimes, the client can be left wanting more…
Many clients find that counselling is great for seeing why they react and behave a certain way, but it doesn’t always give them the tools they need to deal with what they have just discovered.
You see, the problem is that lots of people decide to go into talking therapy and immediately decide on counselling. That’s fine but do they always know what counselling is (until they sign up for a rather expensive and time-consuming course, that is)?
Imagine that you had a damp problem in your house.
A layperson would say, ‘get a builder in.’ They would be quite right, but what kind of builder do you get? A DIY person? A roofer? A plasterer? A Painter & Decorator? Tiler? Plumber? You see, the problem is that unless people have inside knowledge, then they say, “Get a builder in.”
It’s often the same with people when they look at talking therapies. We have found so many people say, “Give them counselling”, or, “Have you thought about counselling?” without really knowing what counselling is.
It’s also the same when people think about a career move into therapy, they want to help people, but they don’t know where to go, so they opt for ‘counselling’ because it’s the go-to phrase.
Here is a classic example of someone who has said they are thinking of training to be a counsellor…
“Becoming a counsellor is something that has always been an interest of mine. Since I can remember, I have always wanted to help others and found I am quite good at giving advice. I see myself as an empath with lived experience in mental health, which gives me the motivation to support others. Being able to talk through someone’s trauma and helping them overcome issues that may affect their every day is something I’d find hugely rewarding. – being the person who can save someone’s life is something I’d love to be a part of.”
The above is great, and I know the lady who wrote this, and her ethics and desire to help are spot on.
However, she might be a bit disappointed if she were to training to be a counsellor. Firstly, giving advice is a complete no-no in your counselling training. Talking through trauma has been known to re-traumatise the client and leave the client feeling open or raw.
What if I told you that there were other, just as effective ways of helping people living with conditions such as anxiety, depression, trauma etc., that gave them solutions.
Hypnotherapy is a very misunderstood therapy; many people don’t realise its power. Hypnotherapy combines working on a conscious level with working on an unconscious, or subconscious, level. In comparison, most talking therapies work purely with the conscious, logical mind.
Many of our students are counsellors who have sought further to help their clients with a wider range of techniques. Whilst they may have invested time and money training to be a counsellor, they quite often realise that as useful as the counselling is to explore a certain area of their life, they need other tools to bring resolution. This quite often needs to be done on a subconscious level rather than a conscious level.
We will explain how different therapies can be combined into hypnotherapy to provide the client with a complete solution during our next few blogs. You can always look back at some of our previous blogs here.