What is counselling?

Counselling can help you understand yourself and the way you think better.

Counselling  is usually a talking therapy and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they are experiencing in a safe, confidential environment. In general it is a route people take when they want to change something in their lives or simply explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth.

A counsellor is not there to tell you what to do, however they will encourage you to talk about what’s bothering you in order to uncover any root causes and identify your individual ways of thinking. The counsellor may then create a plan of action to either help you reconcile your issues or help you to find ways of coping.

Counselling is tailored to the individual.

How can counselling help?

The way counselling can help depends on the person receiving therapy. For some people, the fact that counselling offers a safe and confidential environment to speak in is all it takes. Counselling offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts without being criticized.

Counsellors may not give you specific advice, but they will help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems providing you with the tools which will help you to resolve them on your own.

In the majority of cases, a single session will not be enough to help overcome any issues you’re facing. Counselling is a journey, and it takes time and consistency to work effectively. Because of this, many people decide on having regular counselling sessions to make the most of the process.

Counselling can help you understand yourself and the way you think better, which will definitely help you develop a clearer understanding of your problems. The better you understand yourself, the easier it will gradually become to navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing, so that eventually you can feel more positive. Counselling can also help you understand other people’s point of view better, which can shed light onto the way you interpret others words or actions.

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What can counselling help with?

Counselling can be useful for anyone who wants to explore their way of thinking or feelings, also for anyone experiencing a difficulty or concern they want to resolve. People may choose to speak to a counsellor because they feel they cannot speak to anyone else about such personal issues, or they may simply wish to speak to a professional with an objective perspective.

Common subjects that can be addressed within counselling include the following:


When there is a physical addiction to a substance or activity – there is often a psychological addiction also. Counselling aims to relieve the psychological addiction by exploring the root cause while helping to create and develop new ways of thinking.


Losing a loved one is a difficult event in everyone’s life. The loss can bring up a wide range of emotions including guilt and anger. Some people benefit from speaking openly to a counsellor about their feelings to help ease the process and resolve any remaining issues they may have.


Being the victim of any form of abuse, whether it’s verbal or physical can lead to difficulties that may affect your whole life. Counselling can offer victims the chance to seek help from authorities (if appropriate) as well as addressing the psychological effects in a safe environment.


Suffering from a long-term illness such as cancer or dementia can turn anyone’s world upside down. Counselling can help those who suffer come to terms with their illness while offering emotional support and coping mechanisms.

Mental health issues

Suffering from a mental health issue such as depression can feel incredibly isolating. Counselling looks to discuss the feelings that arise in conjunction with mental health issues, as well as to overcome any personal challenges or frustrations.


Covering all types of relationships, counselling can be used to discuss concerns within families, friendships and couples. Problems could involve anything from a poor relationship with a parent to an abusive relationship.


You may have been involved in an accident or you may have been the victim of abuse, the psychological impact of trauma can last years after the event itself. In a counselling session trauma victims are encouraged to explore their feelings regarding the incident and look into how these could be resolved or changed.


Feelings of stress, anxiety and low self-esteem are becoming all too common in today’s society. Counselling can offer practical advice for overcoming these kinds of issues as well as allowing you the space to vent your frustrations and feelings.

There is flexibility within this type of therapy that allows for a variety of counselling formats, including:

Face-to-face – This is when you make an appointment with a counsellor to see them in person at their practice. Face-to-face sessions are the most popular therapy formats

Individual or group – You may choose to see a counsellor by yourself, or if you prefer you could join a counselling group with people experiencing similar concerns. Group counselling sessions can be helpful if you want to discuss your concerns with people who are going through similar difficulties, additionally you may even gain yourself a support network.

Telephone counselling – Telephone counselling offers a helpful alternative to face-to-face counselling. This involves talking to your counsellor over the phone instead of in person. This form of counselling can be particularly useful for those too busy to attend face-to-face sessions, and can be carried out in the comfort of your own home.

Online counselling – Some people prefer not to physically speak to a counsellor at all, and choose emailing their counsellor instead. This form of counselling allows you to take the time to think through what you wish to discuss, and many find the act of physically writing their concerns down therapeutic.

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