About counselling

What is counselling?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy where you are provided with a safe and supportive space to discuss what is causing you confusion, pain or is troubling you. The aim of counselling is to enable you to find the answers that are right for you so that you can live a happier and more satisfying  life.

Counsellors provide a very special relationship for their clients. You will be listened to and understood in a way that you may not have experienced before. What you discuss with your counsellor is kept confidential (subject to legal and ethical exceptions) allowing you to explore thoughts and feelings which you may not be able to discuss with family and friends.

Counselling isn't about us giving you advice; it is about enabling you to decide what is best for you to be happy in your life.

What can counselling help you with?

Counselling can help you to work through a huge number of problems.

Our counsellors have experience of working with: bereavement and loss, anger management, anxiety, depression, work-related stress, low self-esteem and confidence, panic attacks, relationship difficulties, sexuality, stress, trauma, challenges with being a carer and many more.

We become counsellors because we want to help you live a happy life. If you are unsure if we will be able to help you please contact us and we will be happy to discuss your options with you.

How does counselling work?

There has been a lot of research into what makes counselling successful with a number of different factors identified. The two most important factors are your commitment to the process and the strength of the relationship that you have with your counsellor. Both of these are important if you are going to feel safe enough to work with what you need to and get the most out of counselling. To help with this your counsellor will complete regular reviews with you. Reviews are an opportunity for both of you to explore how you are doing, what has been working well or less well for you and what you would like to work on in the next few sessions.

Counselling can be a difficult process to undertake. It is an opportunity for you to discuss and explore thoughts and emotions which may be very difficult, painful and embarrassing. To keep you safe during this process it is necessary for counselling to be a boundaried activity. Sessions last for 50 minutes and will occur weekly. For counselling to be successful it is important that you are able to commit to weekly sessions, at least during  the early stages.