What is Counselling?
- Counselling is a talking therapy where you can discuss your thoughts, feelings and behaviours with a Counsellor who will guide you using an empathic and supportive approach.
- Counselling can help you come to terms with distressing or traumatic events, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce or confusion about your identity or sexual orientation.
- It can support people with mild to moderate common mental health difficulties, such as low mood, anxiety and stress. View types of difficulties here.
- Your sessions may be weekly or fortnightly and you will have an opportunity to agree the number of sessions in your treatment plan with your Counsellor.
- Counselling can be delivered over the telephone or in person at your GP surgery or other local venues close to you with sessions lasting up to 50 minutes.
How do I access it?
- You will first need an assessment with one of our therapists. You will have an opportunity to talk about your difficulties and what your goals are. During your assessment you will be able to discuss treatment options with your therapist, where you may both decide that Counselling is best suited to your needs. You will then be given an appointment for Counselling as soon as one becomes available.
Who supports me?
- A Counsellor will deliver the therapy and can support you to enable you to make positive changes via the telephone or in person.
What are the benefits?
- A counsellor is trained to listen sympathetically to your difficulties and suggest ways to resolve issues and change your behaviour as well as suggesting ways to find your own solutions to your problems.
- You will have an opportunity to make sense of experiences that are confusing or distressing and link them to current difficulties.
- This will help you to make positive and practical changes in your life that will allow you to better manage your issues now and in the future.
- Counselling is evidenced base and is a recommended intervention by the NICE Guidelines (National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence).