Counselling comes to community
A new counselling service is available to all companions at Emmaus Medway, thanks to the arrival of Helen Kirby, a trainee Humanistic Counsellor.
Counselling is a healing process with the overriding aim of helping companions help themselves within the confines of a warm and welcoming therapeutic space.
Individuals can talk freely and gain insight into various aspects of their life, exploring thoughts and feelings, with the possibility of making them easier to understand.
Helen's role is to listen without judgment, without giving advice, or offering interpretation, and yet to help companions feel accepted and understood in a safe, confidential environment.
She said: “Humanistic counselling appeals to me because the companion’s needs are at the heart of the therapy. The concept focuses on recognising potential in areas such as personal choice and development and a belief that the companions have the necessary tools to solve their own problems.”