“Try to understand the blackness, lethargy, hopelessness, and loneliness they’re going through. Be there for them when they come through the other side. It’s hard to be a friend to someone who’s depressed, but it is one of the kindest, noblest, and best things you will ever do.”
– Stephen Fry
What is counselling?
“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.”- BABCP
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and reliable environment. A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes) and is an impartial professional, who is able to listen to you non-judgmentally and work with you. They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you may have, which may include talking about life events (past and present), feelings, emotions, relationships, thinking patterns and behaviours. Sometimes, the term ‘counselling’ is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a specific type of therapy in its own right. Other psychological therapies include psychotherapy, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) and relationship therapy (which could be between members of a family, a couple or work colleagues).
The therapist will do their best to help you to look at your issues, and help to identify the right course of action with you, either to help you resolve your difficulties or help you find ways of coping. The counsellor helps you to develop an understanding of yourself, and others and find your own solutions.
There are a variety of different types of counselling and our counselors all have a variety of training and experienced backgrounds. Some of the problems that Counselling can help with are:
Talking about these things may take time, and will not necessarily all be included in one session. Within our service we offer short term counselling of up to 8 x 50 minute sessions. There are some problems that may be more suitable for long-term Counselling, and this may be suggested to you at assessment, or even during treatment sessions.