Counselling is a talking therapy that allows you to explore thoughts or beliefs that are negatively affecting your life and relationships. It provides a safe and supportive environment where you can begin to develop ways to change and improve the quality of your life and relationships. Counselling is usually a weekly one-to-one session between you and your therapist. Some clients can attend counselling for only a few weeks while others may attend for months or years. Ultimately, the duration of the sessions is the client’s decision.
By exploring your past life events and relationships, you will make sense of how your past has influenced your current situation. In a trustworthy and confidential environment you will begin to make safe, gradual changes that will bring about positive change to your life and current relationships.
People usually attend counselling if they are experiencing prolonged bouts of emotional distress. Prolonged experiences of, for example, anxiety or depression, suggest that your usual coping mechanisms are not working like they used to. Working with a therapist will help you to identify what is causing your difficulties and what direction or course of action you need to take. However, you do not need to be in a crisis to ‘need’ counselling. In fact people often attend counselling when experiencing a transition or change in their personal circumstances. People often attend counselling when the issues they are experiencing are easier to address with an independent person, who is not a friend or family member.