Understanding intuition

In a counselling context, intuition is often described as a deep, non-linear understanding that goes beyond logical reasoning. It involves tapping into one's inner wisdom and making sense of subtle cues and feelings. Here, I explore what intuition is and offer insights into how counselling clients can enhance and trust their intuitive abilities.


What is intuition?

Intuition is a subtle but powerful aspect of human cognition. It's that gut feeling, the inner knowing that arises without the need for conscious reasoning. In counselling, intuition involves the ability to perceive and understand emotions, intentions, and unspoken messages. It's not about guesswork; rather, it's a nuanced interpretation of subtle cues that may not be immediately apparent.

For counselling clients, intuition often manifests as a sense of resonance or discomfort during sessions. It can be that unexplainable feeling that a particular insight or realisation is significant. Cultivating an awareness of these intuitive signals can deepen the therapeutic process.

Honing intuition

Mindfulness practices

Engaging in mindfulness practices, such as meditation and deep breathing, can help clients connect with their inner selves. These practices create a mental space where intuition can surface without being clouded by the noise of everyday thoughts.


Encouraging clients to maintain a journal can foster self-reflection and enhance intuitive awareness. Writing down thoughts and feelings allows for a deeper exploration of one's inner landscape, making it easier to identify intuitive nudges.

Body awareness

Intuition often communicates through the body. Clients can pay attention to physical sensations, like tension or relaxation, during counselling sessions. Exploring these bodily responses can unveil valuable insights.

Reflective exercises

Counsellors may guide clients through reflective exercises, encouraging them to ponder specific questions or scenarios. This process invites intuitive responses and promotes a deeper understanding of one's inner wisdom.

Trusting intuition

Validation through experience

Clients can build trust in their intuition by reflecting on past experiences where their gut feelings were accurate. Recognising instances when intuitive insights led to positive outcomes reinforces the value of trusting one's inner knowing.

Open communication with counsellors

Establishing open communication with counsellors is crucial. Clients should feel comfortable discussing intuitive feelings or hunches that arise during sessions. This dialogue can enrich the therapeutic alliance and provide valuable insights for both parties.

Embracing uncertainty

Intuition often operates in the realm of uncertainty. Clients can enhance their intuitive abilities by embracing the ambiguity that comes with it. This involves acknowledging that intuitive insights may not always be immediately rationalised but can still hold significant meaning.

Applying intuition in counselling

Collaborative exploration

Intuition is a collaborative tool in counselling. Clients and counsellors can work together to explore intuitive insights, using them as valuable clues in uncovering underlying issues or perspectives.

Integration with rational thinking

While intuition is essential, it is most effective when integrated with rational thinking. Clients can learn to balance intuitive insights with logical reasoning, creating a comprehensive approach to decision-making and self-discovery.

In conclusion, intuition is a dynamic force that can greatly enrich the counselling journey for clients. By understanding, honing, and trusting their intuitive abilities, clients can tap into a wellspring of wisdom that goes beyond the surface of conscious awareness. As counselling is a collaborative process, the integration of intuition contributes to a more profound and holistic exploration of the self.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author. All articles published on Counselling Directory are reviewed by our editorial team.

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Written by Natasha Kelly, BA (Hons) MBACP
Twickenham TW1 & Richmond TW9

Natasha is a counsellor based in London and online. Her passion lies in helping individuals build meaningful connections and foster strong rapport. With a deep understanding of human emotions and interpersonal dynamics, she has worked as a primary school teacher and as a freelance writer on mental health.

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