When you're going through a difficult time, it can be easy to keep your worries to yourself and believe that you're the only one experiencing these feelings. We all have our ways of coping, however, through our own experiences, we've learnt how important it is to have relevant, accessible information, and how the right support can help transform lives.
We’re passionate about counselling and want to promote the huge benefits talking therapy can have. We know how important it is to find the right counsellor for you and we’re dedicated to making that process as simple as possible.
What is Counselling?
Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your therapist will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and the difficulty you are facing.
A counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems.
Counselling can take different forms depending on your needs. Most therapy takes place in planned, regular sessions which last for 1 hour. How often you see your therapist and how many appointments you have will depend on your individual circumstances, and will be agreed between you and your therapist. You might meet them face to face in their home, offices or clinic, or talk to them online or over the telephone. During a session, your therapist may take you through specific exercises designed to help with your problem, or you might have more general discussions about how you're feeling. What you talk about will vary depend on what you want help with and the therapist’s approach. It could include:
your feelings, emotions or thoughts
past and present life events
situations you find difficult
Your therapist will be impartial but understanding. They will listen to you without judgment and help you explore your thoughts and emotions. They may offer information, but they won’t tell you what you should think or do.
"Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" Confucius
Benefits of Counselling
Counselling can be very effective in helping sort through life’s challenging moments.Some people have experienced challenges in their life and may be living with negative and debilitating thoughts and emotions. Some people feel anxious or depressed, disconnected from friends, family or career. Others sometimes describe a lack of purpose in life and a lack of enjoyment in everyday life. Some people who approach counselling may have trouble with things like addictions or anger or struggling with a recent loss or bereavement. There are many reasons people come to a therapist and there is no limit to what can be discussed in counselling. Seeking the help of a qualified therapist and counsellor can assist you to explore thoughts and emotions and make sense of why you are thinking and feeling a certain way. Exploring these difficulties through counselling can help you process these issues, so that you can continue life with more ease. Very often we don’t have someone that we can completely share our innermost thoughts and emotions with. Most of us do not speak frankly and honestly about our deepest feelings with those who are closest to us. Talking things through with a professional who is just there for you, can be a unique and valuable opportunity to resolve things you maybe struggling with.
Each therapist represented here is registered with the UK council for Counselling and Psychotherapy (UKCP) or British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP), They work in accordance with the their Ethical Principles and Code of Professional Conduct. All our therapist’s work is conducted under supervision by an experienced, accredited supervisors.