WHAT IS COUNSELLING?
Counselling is a relationship which allows people to explore their problems and any difficult feelings they have in a safe, confidential environment.
We are all unique and as such, each of us will experience counselling in a different way. Often, people come to counselling when they want to make changes in their lives, or simply explore any thoughts or difficult feelings in more depth.
People may decide to come to counselling because they are feeling anxious or stressed.
A counsellor will not give you advice or tell you what to do. They will not give you solutions to the problems you bring to counselling. What they will do is help you to explore what is troubling you and to help you to learn more about yourself. A counsellor will provide time, space and an impartial relationship in which you can express yourself fully and without judgement. They will help you to understand yourself both in relationship with yourself and others. They do this with the aim of helping you to arrive at your own conclusions about your situation.
WHAT CAN COUNSELLING HELP WITH?
There are a wide range of reasons why people attend counselling. People may choose to talk to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to their friends and family about personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to someone with an objective viewpoint on the things they would like to look at.
People choose to have counselling for lots of reasons that are personal to them. Some people are seeking to make changes within their lives, others may be feeling stuck and like they need help to look for a way forward. It could be that they wish to discuss things from their past. They may also like to look at things that are happening within their lives in the present.
It may be that they recognise that they are feeling anxious or are experiencing more stress than usual.
Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore the way they're thinking or feeling, as well as for anyone experiencing a problem or issue they are keen to resolve.