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Benefits of counselling

  • Gain self awareness
  • Reduces stress
  • Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are undesirable
  • It provides a safe and unthreatening space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings
  • You are heard and understood in a safe and confidential environment
  • The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views
  • Counsellors will not give advice, but will help you to find your own insight and understanding of your problems
  • Counsellors are trained to provide counselling to help you cope better with your life and any issues you have
  • Gain the knowledge required to make informed decisions relating to your personal experiences
  • Improve confidence and self esteem
  • Learn coping skills to help you overcome your challenges
  • Gain a sense of control over your life
  • Improve social relationships
  • Through exploration and rationalization of your thoughts and feelings you gain a sense that you are not entirely alone with your problems

Trauma debriefing

Trauma debriefing can be described as early interventions (as soon as possible after a traumatic event took place) or non-clinical forms of secondary prevention for traumatised people. There are a variety of different approaches used, including information and advice (e.g. psycho-education), self help groups, concrete and direct help (e.g. housing, financial assistance), psychological debriefing, crisis intervention, structured trauma counselling and brief psychotherapy to name just some.

The debriefing process is designed to enable the victim to re-experience the incident in a controlled and safe environment in order to make sense of and become reconciled to the traumatic incident.

Yes, there is a difference. Debriefing is not counselling or therapy nor is it a substitute for counselling or therapy. Whilst using some of the basic communication skills used in counselling, it is very different both in content and style from counselling.

Firstly, the debriefing is highly structured with the debriefer guiding you through a series of stages, looking at the traumatic event from different perspectives.

Debriefing usually stands alone as a single psychological crisis intervention and is not part of ongoing therapy.

Where deemed necessary or appropriate, follow-up sessions may be suggested by your trauma debriefer.

  •  Re-establish hope
  •  Victims realise that their feelings are normal and temporary
  •  Establish universality
  •  Provides ventilation and catharsis
  •  Group cohesion is healing
  •  Provides information to improve the healing process