Counselling therapy based around talking, it allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment, with a trained professional.

Counsellors are trained to listen with empathy and compassion. They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. The term “counselling” is often used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.

What is counselling used for?

Talking therapies such as counselling can be used to help with many different mental health conditions, including:

  • depression
  • post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
  • long-term illnesses
  • eating disorders, such as anorexia and bulimia
  • drug misuse
  • anxiety
  • borderline personality disorder (BPD)
  • obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)

How can counselling help

Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are making you feel uncomfortable or causing emotional pain.

It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. A counsellor is there to support you and will respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into an understanding of your problems.

Counselling can help you:

  • deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
  • deal with feelings of anxiety, helping you worry less about things
  • understand yourself and your problems better
  • feel more confident
  • develop a better understanding of other people’s points of view
  • cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
  • cope with redundancy or work-related stress
  • explore issues such as sexual identity
  • deal with issues preventing you achieving your ambitions

Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways. However, with the help and support of your therapist, you should gradually start to feel better.

In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.