What is Counselling?

What is counselling?

Counselling offers you a safe confidential space to explore various aspects of your life and feelings. It allows you the chance to talk freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with friends or family.

By listening attentively and patiently the counsellor can begin to perceive the difficulties from the client's point of view and can help them to see things more clearly, possibly from a different perspective. Counselling is a way of enabling choice or change or of reducing confusion. It does not involve giving advice or directing a client to take a particular course of action. Counsellors do not judge or exploit their clients in any way.

What happens in counselling?

Counselling is not the same as giving advice. A counsellor seeks to help you to focus on, and understand more clearly, issues that concern you. By respecting your own values, choices, and lifestyle, the counsellor can work together with you, towards making choices or changes that are right for you. Counselling may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving personal insight and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others. The overall aim of counselling is to provide an opportunity to work towards a way that is more satisfying and resourceful. The counsellor's role is to facilitate the work in a way, which respects the values, personal resources, and capacity for choice within the person's cultural context.

Who can benefit?

You don't have to have a specific 'problem' to benefit from counselling. Most personal relationships or identity problems can be helped through counselling. It can also be useful for anyone experiencing dissatisfaction with life or a loss of direction or purpose. It is also helpful to those who are living with or caring for someone with a problem.

What issues can be helped with counselling?

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Bullying
  • Depression
  • Eating disorders
  • Low self esteem
  • Mental health issues
  • Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Panic Attacks
  • Personal Growth
  • Redundancy
  • Relationships
  • Trauma, grief and loss
  • Work life balance
  • Work related issues
  • ... and more