Relationships: You, me, myself

Relationships: You, me, myself

Relationships are everywhere. From the moment of conception, we are all 'in relationship' with others, and also with our own selves, non-human beings and inanimate objects. So why are relationships so important?

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When schooldays end

When schooldays end

Leaving school is just one of the many 'endings' that we will all face in our lives at various times. In counselling, therapists place great store by the importance of 'good endings' because they allow us to honour what has ended, to tie up loose ends, and to look forward with hope to the future.

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‘Tough love’ in the therapy room

‘Tough love’ in the therapy room

Therapists sometimes have to choose between colluding or going along with a client's thoughts, beliefs or actions or offering them an alternative way of looking at things - which the client may not want or find painful to hear. Sometimes though, it's the only way to move forward.

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Why your therapist can’t be your friend

Why your therapist can’t be your friend

Friendship and the therapeutic relationship may seem similar at first glance as both involve emotional closeness, but therapy is not the same as friendship and has a different purpose.

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What is ‘confidentiality’ in counselling?

What is ‘confidentiality’ in counselling?

What exactly does a therapist mean when they say that counselling is confidential? Are there exceptions and if so, what are they?

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What is ‘supervision’ in counselling?

What is ‘supervision’ in counselling?

Professional therapists see a supervisor regularly to discuss their clinical work. The supervisor is an experienced colleague who helps the therapist reflect on their practice. Supervision is a crucial part of ensuring that the service therapists offer to clients can be trusted.

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