In Holistic counselling the foundational axiom is that each person is a unified whole, and every individual is always part of a greater whole. It eschews the toxic US individualism that only looks inward to understand distress. The aim of Mike’s holistic and ecological approach to counselling is to improve the interactional effectiveness of each client in her or his world.
Many people find counselling a useful place to start when they want to resolve a situation in their life. Mostly they are normal people with an abnormal situation or feeling that has emerged or reached a disquieting limit. Your concern does not need to be overwhelming for counselling to be beneficial. That is why Mike uses the ecological approach to counselling: it focuses on the situation you want to work through, rather than some convoluted theory about different parts of your self, and how they interact. The conversation is about the interactions you are having in the particular situation you are living with, and how to improve your interactive effectiveness in that world.
Holistic counselling is an opportunity to talk with a professional who listens closely to your needs. Mike can also provide knowledge, experience and offer support and new perspectives so you can resolve or manage your situation.
These sessions create a time and space for you to reflect, clarify and explore in detail your understandings, thoughts, behaviours, and triggers. They help you identify situations that intensify your concerns or distress, or that noticeably affect your relationships or mood. They are a safe space for you to reflect on your circumstances and clarify problems. The purpose of counselling is always so you can resolve the situation your way.
Clients discuss many elements of their life while exploring the situation they bring to counselling. Some of the themes they discuss include:
Career or study stress
Concern about under-performance, feeling overwhelmed at work or with study, are you burdened by time and task management, suffering from performance anxiety, feeling disengaged because of meaningless work.
Lack of confidence
Worried about never being good enough or failing in your current task or role, feeling judged.
The effect on you or your family from a family member’s alcohol or drug use, or the burden of gambling, or the impact of mental illness on your family.
Feeling empty, unloved, lonely, tearful, isolated, or being frightened by the strength of emotional reactions, and coping with frustration and anger.
A lack of social confidence, managing conflict or challenges, issues developing out of your communication style, managing a range of commitments, and engaging in abusive behaviour.