My name is Nikki Lister and I am a Specialist Wellness Counsellor licensed with ASCHP (Reg no: SWC20/678). I love helping people! I see my role as supporting, encouraging and assisting people to navigate the complexities of life, love and everything in-between.
What is Counselling?
Counselling is often referred to as “talking therapy.” At its core, counselling involves working through problems that a client is encountering with the aim of facing and overcoming them.
There are various philosophies involved and techniques that can be used. It is important to ensure that your values and beliefs are in line with the counsellor that you choose.
The role of the counsellor is not to give advice or to tell clients what to do. Instead, it is through the therapeutic relationship built that the counsellor can work with you on finding solutions to problems, highlight and correct unhelpful or faulty ways of thinking as well as find new ways of coping.
Who should go for Counselling?
Counselling is suitable and
recommended for anyone who has a problem or issue that is affecting the quality of their life, interactions with others or their general well-being.
An example of a typical problem could be overindulging on alcohol. This could cause tension with a spouse and be the root of escalating marital problems. An example of a common issue could be unresolved childhood trauma. This can often affect our functioning as adults, intruding on our well-being or into our relationships.
Lastly, people come for counselling who have a general dissatisfaction with life. They may not be aware of a problem or issue contributing to the way they are feeling. Counselling can benefit someone feeling this way. It provides a safe environment to explore this with the help of a counsellor and identify strengths, resources, as well as work on making the changes needed to live a life characterised by wellness and satisfaction.
My Counselling approach
I subscribe to a bio-psycho-social-spiritual approach to counselling. This integrative approach takes into consideration the impact of a number of factors on a client’s emotional well-being. It is seldom that only one of these areas contributes entirely to problems in a person’s life and as such solutions and consequent well-being, I believe is found in addressing all areas as mentioned above.
I also subscribe to a client-centred philosophy. It allows for client-directed counselling, where the client sets the direction and goals of therapy. My role as a counsellor is to help the client to work out exactly what this entails. Counselling is not a template that can be replicated from client to client. As a unique individual, your counselling journey will be tailored to suit your particular context.
For more information on my services, as well as details of my qualifications and affiliations, please visit my website at www.evergreencounsellingsa.com or contact me on 083 225 7790.