What is Counselling?

Counselling is a way of supporting people to deal with difficulties in their lives and make positive changes. Often people seek counselling at times of crisis or change such as redundancy, relationship break up, bereavement or retirement. People come for help with distressing symptoms including anxiety, addictive and compulsive behaviours, depression, repetitive negative thoughts and sleep problems. Counselling can be beneficial for anyone wanting to make changes, achieve goals and face fears. Talking to someone outside of close family offers a different perspective.

Counselling is normally a shorter term approach than psychotherapy lasting from weeks to several months. Counselling works more effectively with people who already have a sense of wellbeing; are able to solve problems and make decisions yet need help to get back in control of their lives. For problems originating in childhood or that are persistent, longer term psychotherapy will be offered.