What is counselling?

There are times in all our lives when we may need a safe space to talk about ourselves, our lives, or something that is distressing us. Counselling can play a central role in our health and wellbeing, and is a process people seek when they want to change something in their lives or explore their thoughts, feelings or behaviours in more depth. It is not about being fixed or told what to do, rather counselling allows us to explore whatever we most need to and can help us uncover our own understanding and insight and support us moving forward.

What can counselling help with?

People seek counselling to help support them with a wide range of emotional, psychological or physical issues. They may be experiencing distressing events in their lives, such as health issues, divorce, bereavement, or job concerns. Or may have more general underlying feelings of emptiness, anxiety or dissatisfaction. Each client is unique, and will bring with them their own needs, desires, hopes and fears. As such, every counselling journey will be unique and unfold in its own way.

How does counselling work?

Counselling involves a series of sessions, most often arranged weekly, where the client and counsellor explore together what is most important for the client. Short term counselling is normally 6-12 sessions and longer term counselling is also possible. It involves listening, empathy and encouragement alongside appropriate levels of challenge, to help the client see more clearly or in new ways. At the heart of counselling is a relationship that focuses on you. From this relationship new possibilities and perspectives can emerge, as you make changes that you choose.