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What is Counselling?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their feelings, needs and problems in a safe, structured, confidential setting. The foundation of effective counselling is providing clients with a professional therapeutic relationship based on non-judgmental respect and offering empathic understanding. Counsellors may employ a number of additional ways of working to further support their clients’ healing and development (NCPS-National Counselling and Psychotherapy Society).

How can counselling help?

It can help with positive events such as choosing a direction in life or reaching your full potential. Perhaps you are feeling a ‘bit stuck’ and would value the viewpoint of a counsellor. There may be things from your past that you would like to tackle or there may be things in the present that you want to try and change. Perhaps you are experiencing significant events in your life such as getting married and starting a family, leaving home for the first time or coming to terms with the death of a loved one.

What are the different types of therapy?

There are many great ways of practising counselling or psychotherapy and this can make it confusing to know how to choose an appropriate therapist, some examples can be found by clicking the link below.

What is the difference between a Counsellor, a Psychotherapist, a Psychoanalyst and a Psychiatrist?

There is some overlap, (and some different opinions) – and also some difference between these various titles. If you are unsure this is something you can ask your therapist about. They should be able to explain clearly to you how you will work together and what you can expect.

Are there any risks?

Participating in therapy may involve some discomfort, including remembering and discussing unpleasant events, feelings and experiences. 

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