What is counselling?

Counselling is a tried and trusted approach for promoting insight and change. It provides an opportunity to explore areas of distress and difficulty in your life with the help of a skilled professional therapist within a private and confidential setting.

How can counselling help?

  • Counselling can provide a safe environment in which you can acknowledge difficult feelings and behaviours without being judged.
  • It can help reduce confusion. Counselling can help you clarify issues and structure problems in ways that point to solutions.
  • Counselling can help you understand your reactions and make more beneficial choices in future.
  • Counselling can be empowering, especially if you feel you have lost your way and don’t know how to move forward.
  • Counselling can help you grow as a person and discover more about who you really are.

What happens in a counselling session?

Typically a counselling session will last 50 minutes in length. The session takes place in a private setting and effort will have been made by the counsellor to provide a relaxed and quiet environment, in which to talk.

During a counselling session you will work with the counsellor to explore a wide range of personal issues such as problems with key relationships or aspects of your life that may be troubling you.

Unlike other therapies, the counsellor’s role is not to advise you or pass judgement on what you are saying. She/he is there in a supportive role to help you arrive at a better understanding of how you feel and to help you gain deeper insights that will allow you to make positive decisions and changes in your life.

This is an opportunity for you to talk openly and without any fear of judgement, which for many people can be incredibly liberating. As the sessions progress you will gain the confidence to explore and understand your feelings and thought processes and be equipped with the ways to identify solutions to your problems.

How long does counselling take?

How long you wish to work with a counsellor is entirely up to you, but you will normally know when you are ready to finish. As your counselling progresses you will begin to notice improvements in areas of your life and as you move towards the end of your therapy your therapist will help to prepare you and give you time to reflect on what you have achieved together.

How can counselling help?

Counselling can be used to provide help with a range of complex issues including:

  • Anxiety
  • Stress
  • Bereavement
  • Eating Disorders
  • Relationship problems
  • Family issues
  • Couple problems
  • Divorce or separation
  • Depression
  • Post-natal depression
  • Anger management
  • Mental health
  • Personal development
  • Child behaviour
  • Age related problems
  • Health related concerns
  • Self-esteem
  • Sexual identity
  • Phobias

Types of counselling

There are a number of different forms of counselling – these are some of them.

Integrative Counselling

An integrative approach to counselling recognises that individuals think, feel and react in different ways. The main focus of the therapy is to create a therapy adapted to suit what that client wants and needs, by bringing together different elements of therapies to create a combined approach to assist the individual.

Existential Counselling

Existential therapy is a unique form of counselling that explores problems from a philosophical perspective, rather than taking a technique-based approach. One of the primary aims of this form of therapy is to help people gain a better understanding of their lives in order to face the anxieties of modern life and to embrace the freedom of choice we all have as humans.

Gestalt therapy

Gestalt therapy works by helping people how to interpret what is actually being experienced rather than an interpretation of the events. Through gestalt therapy clients explore all of their thoughts, feelings, behaviours and beliefs to develop a deeper awareness of how they present themselves. Through this new understanding people are better able to change behaviours that are affecting their well-being and reach their full potential.