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What is counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy; it is an opportunity to talk to a trained professional in a safe and confidential space and explore any problems that may be causing you distress.

There are many problems that can be helped through counselling, including:

  • Depression
  • Bereavement
  • Loneliness
  • Low self-esteem
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Distress linked to changes in your life

The counsellor does not judge you and by exploring your difficulties together you may gain a new understanding which can support you in moving forward.

To take the most from counselling you will need to be committed to attend regularly. The counsellor will not try to solve your problems and they cannot wave a magic wand, their skill is to work jointly with you to help you feel better.

How can I get the most out of counselling?

  • Be committed and attend all of the sessions offered.
  • Be open and honest with the counsellor, otherwise they won’t know how best to help you.
  • Counselling can be unsettling because you may be talking about things you have not spoken about before, and sometimes people feel worse before they feel better.  This is perfectly normal.
  • Continue to attend the sessions even if they are difficult.
  • Attend the sessions because you want to, not because someone else is putting pressure on you.

Your counsellor may ask you to do some work in-between sessions, such as keeping a diary or recording thoughts and feelings. This is to help you think about things for yourself and apply what you have learned in sessions.

If you think counselling is for you then contact us today.

You will be offered an assessment appointment which will help establish if it will be useful for you to have counselling, and if not which other type of psychological help, if any, would be more suitable.