Co-Counselling provides an opportunity for people to support each other to get on with life in an emotionally healthy, rational and creative way. This can include developing self-confidence, becoming more comfortable with emotions and dealing effectively with issues from the past that are affecting the present.
In a Co-Counselling session people usually work in pairs taking equal time to be 'client' and 'counsellor' in turn. The approach is client-centred: the client is in charge of his or her session, while the counsellor takes on a support role.
CCI Co-Counselling is short for
- the Co-Counselling method practiced within the CCI (Co-Counselling International) and
- the network of individuals and groups who support each other to get on with life in an emotionally healthy, rational and creative way.
Co-Counselling International (CCI) is a peer network of co-counsellors. Its main purpose is to provide opportunities for co-counsellors to contact each other and to meet up in sessions, groups and workshops.
Setup in 1974 by John Heron, Tom and Dency Sargent with Co-Counselling International - Guidelines as founding document.
A more recent, de facto common understanding of how one supports each other can be found in John Heron''s "A definition of CCI" 1996.
Through the years various dialects of CCI Co-Counselling developed, as Co-Counselling International (CCI) is a peer-based support network with nobody 'deciding' what the true 'nature' of co-counselling is about.