What is counselling?


 

Counselling provides a safe, supportive place for you to talk in complete confidence about your life and issues. We all go through times where we feel confused or stuck and can’t figure out the best way forward or how to cope.


A counsellor will listen to you. They won’t judge you and they won’t tell you what to do. A counsellor tries to understand things from your point of view. Through listening and interacting a relationship develops between you and the counsellor. This relationship is facilitative and can allow you to see things differently, gain understanding of yourself and your feelings and motives and potentially move forward in a way you decide.

 

Talking about your feelings and thoughts, whatever they may be, can be a powerful experience. Counselling is not a quick fix and can sometimes be hard going but the potential benefits are limitless. Counselling helps you to find and accept your own answers.

 

 

Why do people come for counselling?

 

 

 

There are many reasons why someone may choose to come to counselling and they will be different from person to person. Here are a few that you may recognise or relate to

 

 

  • Having relationship or family problems
  • Low self esteem and self confidence
  • Feeling stuck or trapped and unfulfilled with life
  • Coping with stress, anxiety and depression
  • Wanting to change
  • Coping with major life changes such as: New baby, health changes, retirement, bereavement and loss, past events
  • Personal development – gaining understanding of ourselves.
  • Feeling confused about your sexuality