The reasons for seeking psychological counselling are stressful life situations, which do not result in any symptoms, which suggest that psychotherapy would be appropriate. Examples are: ending a partnership, parents, children, grief support, new orientation in one’s career, study completion, partnership difficulties, counselling with reference to questions concerning parenting.
Psychological counselling can also serve as a preventive measure as significant psychological stresses can result in illness.
Techniques from various psychotherapy orientation
Psychological counselling is not psychotherapy however it applies some of the techniques from various psychotherapy orientations. Counselling is interactive, person-centred and an accompanying process, which includes career and private contents. At the start of these processes a mutual goal is agreed upon and keeping to this and achieving this is kept in focus.
Mutual acceptance and trust
Psychological counselling takes place on a process level, i.e. the counsellor does not provide direct solution suggestions, but rather accompanies the client and thereby encourages the development of their own solutions. Counselling takes place in the context of a relationship based on mutual acceptance and trust.
Psychological counselling focuses on encouraging self-reflection and perception, consciousness and responsibility so it’s help to self-help. Counselling is based on transparent interventions and there are no manipulative techniques allowed. This form of process principally encourages consciousness, which is in clear opposition to manipulation.
Counsellor takes an autonomous position
Psychological counselling is not one-sided, originating from the counsellor’s side only, but rather it is an interactive process. The counsellor does not actively intervene in an occurrence (in that he takes over the client’s task), but rather he advises the client how he could more effectively solve it himself. Thus the counsellor does not force his own ideas and views on to the client but rather takes a neutral position.
The goal is always improving the self-management skills of the person seeking help and advice, i.e. the counsellor encourages his counterpart so that in the final instance they no longer require psychological counselling.
Individual Counselling CHF 120 – 180 / per hour
Couple Counselling CHF 180 – 200/ per hour