The experience of counselling can be like sitting on a river bank. When problems begin to swirl around us as we travel down the river of life, we can feel overwhelmed by forces and the strong currents pulling us this way and that.
We need to take some time out of the river, to comfortably sit on the riverbank. We can take time to observe the currents, From the riverbank we can have a good look at the currents - we can see where there might be calmer water, or where the river might be going, or to just sit and rest for a while.
Through the counselling process people can take this time out to see and experience things a little differently. We can observe, identify strengths and skills, and make plans so that the journey down the river can be aligned to our values and goals.
Being able to look at life from this observer perspective is helpful but what makes counselling extra helpful is the ability to this with a trained, compassionate and hopeful companion who knows a little about currents.
Riverbank Counselling is here to join you during this time in your life.
History of this idea
Taking a ‘riverbank’ position is a term often used in Narrative Therapy conversations to describe taking a position separates people from the problem. To my knowledge it was first used by Sipelile Kaseke in 2010.