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What is Counselling?
Counselling is form of talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counselling may help with the following?
a mental health condition, such as anxiety disorder, depression, addiction and obsessive compulsive disorder
an upsetting physical health condition or illness that is causing or is affected by mental illness
a difficult life event, such as a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
difficult emotions – for example, negativity, a lack of resilience, low self-esteem or anger
other issues that have been identified by a GP or other specialist.
At your appointment, you'll be encouraged to talk about triggers, problems, feelings, emotions and behaviour. The therapist will listen, guide and support you without judging or criticising.
Active listening, clear discussion and empathy is the key. The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do.
Counselling can take place:
face to face
in a group
over the phone
online through video conference service.
You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months or years. It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your therapist. the important part for the client is a want to change, pro-activity and a positive mindset.
Types of therapy
These include Cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), Dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT), Hypnotherapy, EMDR and a host of other types of therapy. I would say that a skilled and knowledgeable therapist will use some of a number of therapies. CBT is proven to work and is a psychological treatment that was developed through scientific research. That is, all of the components of CBT have been tested by researchers to determine whether they are effective and that they do what they are intended to do. CBT is based on the idea that how you think (cognitive)