What is Counselling?
BACP definition of Counselling & Psychotherapy:
‘Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing’
Counselling is the opportunity to talk privately and confidentially about experiences, difficulties and feelings in a way that is often not possible with family and friends.
The counsellor is specially trained to help and will have the time to listen to, and work with you.
In counselling sessions you will be encouraged and helped to explore various issues in your life and especially your feelings around those issues. Bottled up feelings such as anger, anxiety, grief or worthlessness can become very intense. The opportunity to talk about them in a neutral, safe and supportive setting can help to dissolve these feelings, reduce the pain they cause and make them easier to understand and cope with.
The aim of counselling is to help you become stronger, to be more in control of your life and make positive choices.
Please recognise that counselling will only help if you give it a fair chance, keep all of the appointments offered and don’t give up if there are not instant results.
What Counselling is not:
Being told what is right and wrong
Being judged good or bad
Being given advice on how to solve your problems
Instant solutions to deep seated issues