What is Counselling?

In my experience I have found that sometimes people find it difficult to talk to those close to them about things that are troubling them. Counselling can give you that opportunity to talk to someone who can help you look at how you are feeling without judging you and giving you their own opinion on what you should do.

As a counsellor I try to create a space which helps you to talk openly and comfortably about yourself and how you are feeling. Sometimes people find that they feel much better after only a few sessions, while some prefer to see a counsellor for weeks or months. We are all different, and everybody feels and reacts to life events in different ways, so it is important not to be hard on yourself because other people seem to be “handling things better”. This is something that we talk about during the course of the therapy.

If you are thinking of working with a counsellor, it might help to talk about some of the ways counselling can help.

  • The idea of counselling is to help you find the strength and resilience within you to move forward and make the most from life.
  • Counselling can help you understand why you are feeling the way you are.  Sometimes we can be sad, depressed, or act angrily with the people around us and not really understand why we feel that way.  Counselling is a way of getting to the bottom of those complicated feelings.
  • Counselling can help you find ways of dealing with those difficult feelings or thoughts.  In this way we can look at what causes those feelings and also find ways to manage them.