About Counselling

What is Counselling?

“Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have.” NHS Choices

There are many forms of counselling, and each counsellor will be trained in one or more counselling methods.  The main counselling theories are humanistic (including person centred), psychodynamic, behavioural and cognitive.  An integrative counsellor uses elements from the different schools of thought depending on the clients’ needs.

What is Counselling used for?

Counselling is used to help people with a range of issues, for example:
  • Depression
  • Low mood
  • Anxiety
  • Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • Long-term illnesses
  • Eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • Drug and alcohol misuse
  • Low self esteem
  • Relationship problems
  • Social problems
  • Stress 
  • Loss of a loved one
  • Feelings of insecurity
  • Feelings of unease or hopelessness
  • Menopause-related issues
  • Childbirth-related issues
  • Learning difficulties
Sometimes people go to counselling with a general feeling of unease or unhappiness.  A counsellor can support you at times like this.