What is Counselling?

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained Counsellor about your issues and concerns. It is the role of a counsellor to be impartial, non-judgemental and understanding in order to help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself. A counsellor may offer information, but it is not their role to tell you what actions to take, or what you should think or do. A counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice or prescribe medication. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems. You’ll get the best results from counselling if you’re open and honest with your therapist and say how you’re really feeling. 


Why Do People Seek Counselling?

Each person is unique and so too are their reasons for seeking Counselling. Some examples of what some people tend to look for from counselling include;  to gain a sense of relief, building self esteem, a better understanding of uncomfortable feelings, thoughts or behaviours, or working through a past or present traumatic event. It's important to note that people begin counselling at different points on their journey. Some may be aware of the roots of their difficulties and for others this may be unknown. Though many people present with difficulties in their well-being or mental health, often these internal processes can develop into physical symptoms and people come to counselling seeking relief for tenseness, an inability to sleep, self harming, or with interpersonal troubles at school, work, or in their social lives.



What Does A Counselling Sessions Involve?

Though traditionally counselling takes place within the boundaries of the counselling room, technology makes it possible for us to have sessions over the phone, or on Zoom video call.  During sessions we may explore the complex thoughts and feelings you're experiencing and process this safely in counselling, or speak more generally about how you are feeling. We may explore different facets of your life including family and relationships, work or school, and past events from childhood which may feel difficult. Sessions last around 50 minutes and normally work in 6-week blocks, at which point we would review how is best to go forward. It is completely your decision how often you would like to attend counselling. Some people feel once a week is suitable, whilst others prefer once every two weeks: this differs based on each clients requirements. 



What Are The Benefits Of Attending Counselling?

Some of the benefits of participating in counselling may include reducing stress, managing behaviour, developing interpersonal relationships, increasing self-esteem and awareness. Often, having counselling as a safe space where you can gain a different perspective can allow people to feel calmer, more grounded, or work through difficulties, as well as improving their focus and thought clarity. People suffering from anxiety and panic attacks can gain an understanding of these experiences and can learn different way of coping by exploring exercises designed to target these issues. Counselling can also offer younger clients an opportunity to establish attachments they may not otherwise have had the opportunity to establish due to circumstances in their lives.




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