What does counselling mean to you?
We all have different perceptions of what we think counselling will be like. What is you are looking to get out of the experience? What is it you want to work on? Also what is you expect from the counsellor? These questions are areas that need consideration to help you get the most out of the experience.
There are many types of counselling out there, not surprising as there are many ways to perceive our situations, so it can be overwhelming finding what's best for you. The therapeutic relationship is essential to facilitate changes you want to make in the journey. I work integratively which I shall explain below as you may not know what that actually is.
So when I did my training I was taught a variety of techniques, such as person centered, cognitive behavioural and mindfulness. In practice of the skills I found myself interested in the Person Centred way of working. Person Centred theory believes we are all capable of growth and change if provided with the necessary conditions. The conditions for effective growth and change is in providing a safe, non judgmental, congruent environment in which exploration of your choosing is encouraged and heard in the room. The power of being heard in therapy is profound, often we get consumed in our lives and feel unheard or powerless but being at the focus of the content in the room, you are in control of what is necessary to alleviate what it is that brings you to the therapy room.
The key is to look at what the counsellor has to offer, does it fit with what you need? Do they look like someone you can grow to trust and work with. A counsellor is not there to give you advice, or solve your issues, they are there to facilitate an environment for growth and to guide you towards what you want to take control of.