What is counselling?

Usually people choose to have counselling because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. It might be that someone feels isolated, but even where people have the most supportive family and friends, they can find it difficult, if not impossible, to explain why, for example, they may be feeling anxious and or depressed. It is often easier to talk about deeply personal issues with someone who is independent of friends and family.

Life issues and events such as bereavement, divorce, redundancy, health problems, or bullying can bring people to counselling. However, you do not have to be in crisis, or on the verge of one, before choosing to talk to someone. You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in your life and in your sense of who you are.

Counselling can give you the support you need during difficult times, where you will neither be judged nor have ideas or opinions imposed upon you. The aim of the counselling session is to provide a safe space for self-expression and an opportunity for you to feel comfortable in yourself, so that you can make your own choices, reach your own decisions, and to act upon them accordingly.