Safe Space in Counselling
Updated: Jul 5, 2021
What does safe space in counselling mean?
We all have our own stories, and every story is equally important. Counselling is often about telling a personal story for the first time. Why counselling then? Why is it called a “safe space”?
the space is private and confidential for the client to share the information they feel is important to explore.
the therapist is bounded by the regulations of the professional body (e.g., BACP, UKCP), to work ethically and to keep confidentiality.
the counsellor is required to undertake regular supervision. That means the impartial person is hearing the counsellor's experience of the therapeutic process and making sure the counsellor works ethically. The supervision is also part of the self-care for the counsellor. It is a place for us to talk about our work.
the counsellor is required to follow Continuing Professional Development. It’s about maintaining and developing new skills, ongoing process of exploring a world of psychology for us counsellors.
the sessions take place in a controlled setting, within agreed time boundaries, such as an appointment time, duration of the session.
the counselling time is dedicated to the client only. This is often different to everyday life when attention is shared between other people and their needs.
the client is not related to the counsellor. Counselling is a professional practice, following education and ongoing continuing professional/personal development. Realising that often brings relief and minimises the burden of worrying about how the client will impact the counsellor with their personal story, which can be the case with friends and family.
The goal of the therapy is not only to overcome stress and anxiety, but also about getting a support while raising self-awareness and accepting yourself. I feel privileged to hear my clients’ stories and give emphatic support in their journey.
Renata Paczkowska is a Member of the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (MBACP). Contact Renata by email@example.com or by phone 07786 821 775