Jan Urban, M.Psych. Counselling www.janurban.eu What is counselling?  Technically speaking, counselling means advising. It involves two people working together to solve  a problem.   It is a term that is used in conjunction with many types of advice giving. In the context of mental  health, "counselling" is generally used to denote a relatively brief intervention that is mostly  focused on behaviour or decision making. It often targets a particular symptom or problematic  situation, and offers suggestions and advice to deal with it.  From my point of view, counselling can be very attractive a service as it offers relatively fast  solutions and consequently relief. On the other hand, counselling could be short-sighted and  become “addictive”. As a result of it, clients sometimes use the counsellor´s advice as a band aid  instead of reaching appropriate self- and system-change.   The process of self-exploration, self-understanding, learning and making the best of one´s  capabilities is thus not experienced. A responsible psychologist/therapist will always try to explore your motives, desires, imaginations  and beliefs behind your need for advice. In many cases, this process may lead to a far richer  experience and to more versatile intervention.