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.