A Comprehensive Guide to Holistic Counselling

Over the years I have heard many questions and queries about Holistic Counselling. What is it? What will happen during a session? How can it help me? And as time went by I realised that the title Holistic Counselling was a confusing one for many people. So if you are looking into Complementary Therapies and wondering ‘what even is Holistic Counselling?’ you are not alone.

To help clear the air, as well as helping you make an informed decision about whether a Holistic Counselling session is something you might want to try, I have written this comprehensive guide for your viewing pleasure.

What is it?

Holistic Counselling is a complementary therapy, meaning it is there to be enjoyed alongside many other types of therapy.

It focuses on you, as an individual being, and healing the entirety of your being – mind, body, spirit and emotion.

It is NOT about ‘fixing’ you or reliving your past experiences. But rather focuses on your potential to grow and heal yourself, with the gentle and loving support of your holistic counsellor.

Holistic counselling allows you, as the client, to shift your focus away from past experiences  and towards the present moment. This gives you the opportunity to develop confidence in yourself and your destination. 

Where does it originate?

The foundations of Holistic Counselling stem from humanistic psychology and takes into account pre-programmed beliefs, values and behaviours along with life experience.

The role of the Holistic Counsellor is to listen without any judgement or prejudice, to provide you with a safe and comforting environment that allows you the opportunity to speak freely and without fear, and finally to empower you to make the changes you desire in your life with the help of the appropriate holistic tools.

Who is it for?

Holistic Counselling is for people who want to regain balance between their mind, body, spirit and emotions, with the support of a Holistic Counsellor. It is for people who wish to gain confidence in themselves and their direction in life.

Holistic Counselling can help in healing:

  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Stress
  • Low self-esteem
  • Grief and loss

What are the different types?

There are a variety of formats for a Holistic Counselling session that suit different needs and desires, that introduce a variety of techniques into the session based on these needs and wants, these types include:

  • Trauma and abuse
  • Family counselling
  • Young adults counselling
  • Grief and loss counselling
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Men’s / Women’s health
  • Wellbeing counselling
  • Marriage and relationship counselling
Not too confusing, is it? They say that knowledge is power, but I believe even more that knowledge offers empowerment. I hope that reading about what Holistic Counselling is, what it can help you with, and what a session might involve, has empowered you to make the best decision for your personal growth and confidence.


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