About Counselling

We have created this resource to provide some more information about counselling, to help you explore more about the service and how it may be of benefit to you.

What is counselling

Counselling is used as a type of talking therapy that allows a person to discuss their problems, thoughts and feelings in a confidential and safe environment.

This could be face-to-face, over the telephone or via a video conference call (Zoom for example).

A good counsellor offers an empathetic approach (putting themselves in your shoes), meaning they listen and then help you to deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have.

A counsellor is there to focus on you and listen to you without judgement or criticism. Together you can discover how to deal with your problems in a way that suits you - the counsellor is not there to tell you what to do.

For your counselling to be effective, a trusting and safe relationship is key.

How can counselling help me?

Counselling helps you to gain a different perspective on your situation and aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.

Counselling can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won't usually give advice but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.

Counselling can help you deal with a variety of problems including:

  • bereavement

  • anxiety

  • depression or sadness

  • self-esteem

  • relationship breakdown

  • redundancy / work-related stress

  • sexual identity

  • understanding yourself and your problems better