The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) defines counselling and psychotherapy as:
'...umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their well-being.’
The aim of a professionally trained counsellor is to help clients to uncover feelings, memories, judgements (self and by others) that are somehow preventing a more fulfilled, self-accepting life.
To anyone new to counselling this may sound a daunting prospect and the fear and anxiety of engaging with an ‘expert’ may seem overwhelming. Having sat in both chairs, so to speak, I understand the possible fears of being 'overpowered' as well as the dread of being judged. An effective and self-aware counsellor will work hard to ensure that she or he doesn't add to your difficulties by being judgemental or overbearing. However, these feelings can be useful areas for exploration.