Each individual is affected differently by their tinnitus experience and each individual
processes tinnitus distress differently.
For some, the onset of tinnitus can be traumatic and this may require specialised
counselling skills which are non-directive and encourage exploration of what is important
to the individual and what is needed right now.
Also, the physical and psychological fall out from tinnitus requires compassion and
support and if the tinnitus experience involves distress then individuals may benefit
from speaking to a counsellor trained in trauma counselling, and who understands
tinnitus and can draw on personal understanding and experience.
A client-centred counselling approach is imperative in all cases as this facilitates
greater discussion of those areas important to the client. Through this process,
the counsellor assesses the level of understanding and needs of the client and adjusts
their counselling appropriately.
Appropriate counselling can reassure, inform, and empower individuals who need support
and this can occur at many stages in the treatment process as the individual is appropriately
assessed by other health professionals.