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What is Counselling?

Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’. It allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment. In general, it is a process which helps people of all ages change something in their lives or explore thoughts and feelings in more depth. It has a significant impact on self-esteem, self-reliance and self-awareness.

What can Counselling help with?

Counselling can be useful for people who feel they cannot speak to their other half/friends/family about personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective viewpoint. Suitable for anyone who wants to explore the way they’re thinking or feeling further, as well as anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve.

Common subjects that can be addressed within counselling include the following: bereavement, bullying, illness, mental health issues, relationships, trauma, and feelings of stress, anxiety and low self-esteem. Counselling can help facilitate change for overcoming these kinds of issues as well as allowing you the space to vent your frustrations and feelings.

How can counselling help you?

Talking to someone without prejudice or judgement, who gives you their total attention and empathy, can help you see yourself and your situation more clearly, helping you to understand confusing thoughts and feelings. Seeing them in a new light can clarify them and help you see a way through, and may enable you to work out what, and how, you want to change.

What to expect from counselling

Taking the decision to get help and address the issues you are facing is an important first step and should be commended. To get the most from your counselling sessions, you should aim to make them consistent and be honest and open.

Counselling often requires you to discuss upsetting emotions and painful memories. Bringing up these thoughts can feel difficult to start with and, initially, you may feel worse. This process is necessary to move forward and in time, you should start to feel better.

It is worth remembering that counselling is not a quick fix and that your counsellor will not be able to tell you what to do. The counselling process requires a strong relationship between you and your counsellor and a degree of effort on your part – together these two elements create a successful method to help you resolve your issues.

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