WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your therapist will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.
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.
HOW IT WORKS?
Counselling can take different forms depending on your needs and what type of therapy may be suitable.
Most therapy takes place in planned, regular sessions which last for around 50 minutes. How often you see your therapist and how many appointments you have will depend on your individual circumstances, and will be agreed between you and your therapist.
What you talk about will vary depending on what you want help with and the therapist’s approach. It could include:
your feelings, emotions or thoughts
past and present life events
situations you find difficult
Your therapist will be impartial but understanding. They will listen to you without judgement and help you explore your thoughts and emotions. They may offer information, but they won’t tell you what you should think or do.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy