What is holistic counselling?
Holistic Counselling is a form of counselling that focuses on a person in their entirety. It uses a humanistic or interpersonal approach in enhancing personal growth, healing and self-discovery of a person. During assessment and treatment, the therapist takes into account the entirety of the human being and their experiences in life into consideration.
Holistic means whole, which means that the therapy focuses on the whole person rather than just address the symptoms. Holistic counselling works based on the belief that human beings are able to heal themselves in mind and body. However, there will be times that they will struggle to do this and may "lose their way". Qualified Holistic Counsellors will help them address them through compassion and gentle assistance in re-discovering oneself.
What does a holistic counsellor do?
Holistic Counsellors will help the clients to open all levels in their lives (physical, emotional, spiritual, energetic and cognitive). They will also offer individual and specific guidance and provide support in a safe space, to allow healing and significant changes to take place. In addition, they will use gentle and creative methods in helping bring about awareness and healing into a person’s life and their relationships.
What to expect from a holistic counselling session
Before the session starts, the holistic counsellor will assist the client to understand their present challenges and issues so that they can create a guidance support to transform it to new skills that can be used in their everyday life.
During the session, the holistic counsellor will support the client who will talk about their issues to develop a more refined and a deeper inner awareness. During this process, the client’s understanding of their emotions, beliefs, thoughts, physical sensations, and behaviour patterns will start to unfold. They will also experience a sense of wellbeing, release, and empowerment after the session.
Sessions usually lasts from 30 minutes up to an hour and can be conducted in person or through phone or video calling applications.
Benefits of holistic counselling
Holistic Counselling can help a person to:
- Have an increased self-esteem and self-regard
- Improve their awareness and self-acceptance
- Improve health and vitality
- Have a more peaceful and balanced approach to life
- Have an increased sense of spirituality
- Have an improved mental and emotional wellbeing
- Have an improved ability in dealing with traumas and other difficult situations.
- Have an enhanced feelings of optimism