What is it?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy where a person talks to a counsellor about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
There are many different approaches to counselling; among the most well-known are Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person-centred counselling, Interpersonal therapy (IPT), and Integrative counselling.
Integrative counselling means drawing on and blending different types of therapy. Practitioners of integrative counselling are trained in several different approaches. They do not believe that one approach will work for every client in all situations, and it is this approach that I use.
How does it work?
Counselling aims to provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views.
They won't usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems, and to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
How can it help me?
Expressing your thoughts and feelings to someone who is trained to listen well can itself provide a great deal of relief. You may also reach a new understanding of the causes of your unhappiness. Although counsellors don’t usually offer advice, they can help you develop coping strategies, improve relationships and make changes in how you live your life.
Counselling can stir up painful memories and emotions so you may go through a period of feeling worse before you feel better. Even though there can be no guarantees, in our experience most people find they get what they were hoping for from counselling. For some, it is life-changing.