In my usual style, I’ll start with general principles and work my way out.
IN GENERAL confession is for confession. It is not for spiritual direction, it is not for venting, it is not for gossip, it is not for family therapy, it is not for marriage counseling. It is for confessing your sins and receiving absolution. Full stop.
HOWEVER since we cannot be too rigidly married to general principles (I have likened pastoral praxis to something along the lines of the English language: we have a few rules which must be followed to the letter, and then a few thousand exceptions to those rules), if someone asks me a question about matters spiritual, provided it isn’t something super complicated that requires a great deal of explanation, I will happily take a few minutes answering the question. Sometimes I do this unprompted–if someone mentions struggles with prayer amidst their sins, I will attempt to offer some direction on prayer. But, as in all things, mileage may vary, and it really depends on the priest. Some won’t do that, some will, some will turn it into spiritual direction, and some aren’t in the confessional since they don’t believe in confession anyway (I actually don’t know too many like that, to be honest, in spite of the many horror stories I hear online…). I would say that pausing amidst your sins and inserting a question or a concern can sometimes be a bit distracting for me personally, but I shake that off and just go ahead and answer the question. I would rather someone say their sins and then ask questions, or say their sins, wait for me to give some counsel and then ask, but I will do it however works.
I say mileage may vary as a bit of a warning here. I don’t mind giving some direction in the confessional, perhaps more than is warranted, but I really like to talk and I really like to explain things. The best thing to do, though, would be to ask me for my card so you can make an appointment and I can make you Arab coffee while we talk of spiritual things.