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Q1: What is counselling?
A1: Counselling is the nurturing, trusting relationship between client(s) and facilitator (counsellor). The chief aim of this counselling relationship is to facilitate the client(s) in structuring his/her thinking, evaluating objectives, identifying goals and facilitating attainment of those goals. Counselling takes place in direct response to an individuals need to deal with problem areas in their lives. It promotes the examining of options open to them and in finding new ways of coping with life's challenges.
Q2: How can counselling help?
A2: Counselling offers other ways of looking at situations. It facilitates clients in examining their options by making available another perspective, which may result in different options or actions being considered. The process of counselling should foster a sense of self-awareness. Facilitation, through counselling, aids the client in finding the answers for themselves, because only the client knows what will work.
Q3: Will the counsellor tell me what to do?
A3: The role of the counsellor is not to "sort out", or decide for the client what is best for them. The counsellor is trained in the areas of human personality, motivation, growth and in the practice of counselling skills. S/he uses these professional skills and appropriate clients in the process of finding answers for themselves.
Q4: Who comes looking for counselling?
A4: Individuals of all age groups and relationship types. Couples, whether married, cohabiting or same sex and the children affected by relationship breakdown. In fact, all those who are seeking help with significant life issues and are looking for change in their lives.
Q5: What reason do people have for coming to AIM for counselling?
A5: Individuals and couples come to counselling for a number of reasons. There can be issues in coping with relationship difficulties or trauma coping with relationship breakdown. Other matters can include families in transition, anger management, parenting issues, anxiety, addiction, depression, bereavement and loss of all kinds, past abuse, bullying or life cycle issues.
Q6: Do I need my spouse/partner for relationship counselling?
A6: It is more helpful for both partners to participate in relationship counselling, but individuals can gain direction and support from counselling.
Q7: Is counselling confidential?
A7: AIM Counselling Service is confidential. There may be some rare exceptions to this assurance, for instance, where it is deemed that someone poses a threat to themselves or others or when a child could be at risk.
Q8: How many sessions will it take?
A8: This is up to the individual or couple as they determine how many sessions they want, but the general consensus is that at least six to ten sessions is deemed necessary for change to occur.
Q9: How long is a session?
A9: Each counselling session is an hour long and takes place in our premises at 64 Dame Street, by appointment only.
Q10: What counselling approach does AIM use?
A10: AIM Counselling Service uses an integrative approach with emphasis on CBT (cognitive behavioural therapy) and client centred values.
Q11: How can I avail of AIM's counselling service?
A11: AIM Family Services provide a confidential Counselling service that can be accessed by contacting our Administrator for an appointment, by phone at 01 6708363 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q12: How much does it cost?
A12: The fee structure will be discussed at time of enquiry but please note that AIM Counselling has an accommodation in place for the unwaged or student.
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