What is Counselling?

Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about any current or past difficulties in your life which may be stopping you from living the life you want.  It provides a regular time and space for you to talk openly, explore challenging feelings and to feel completely accepted and valued.

A counsellor should respect your point of view, listen carefully in a non-judgmental way and help you to gain insight into your feelings and behaviour.  Counselling gives you an opportunity to explore aspects of your life and accompanying feelings without fear of being judged.  A counsellor’s professional approach will be intended to help you find clarity and to bring about change, or reduce confusion.

Many people who come for counselling  gain a renewed self-respect and a sense of being valued which in turn helps them to feel accepted and respected as a person in their own right.

Our counsellors are fully qualified and insured professionals.  They work within the Person Centred Counselling model of therapy, which is founded on the belief that the relationship between the client and counsellor is in itself a means of healing and change.  The counsellor provides the essential attributes – core conditions – of a person centred relationship, which include empathy (the ability to imagine oneself in another person’s position), unconditional positive regard (warm, positive feelings, acceptance and respect, regardless of the other person’s behaviour) and congruence (honesty and openness).  Person centred counselling follows the client’s agenda.

 

Am I eligible for counselling?

Absolutely.  The counselling service is open to anyone over the age of 18 regardless of whether they are male or female, whatever their sexual orientation, ethnic origin, culture or religion, so long as we feel their needs can be met.

We currently offer counselling in English, Spanish and German.

 

What can counselling help with?

Counselling can help with abuse, trauma, depression, bereavement & loss, dealing with anger, stress & anxiety, identity & cultural differences, addictions, obsessions, relationship issues, work related difficulties, sexuality, phobias & fears, change & major life events, loneliness & isolation and eating disorders.  In fact, counselling can be helpful for any problems life throws our way.

Abuse

Trauma

Depression

Bereavement & loss

Dealing with anger

Stress

Anxiety

Identity & cultural differences

Addictions

Obsessions

Relationship issues

Work related difficulties

Sexuality

Phobias & fears

Change & major life events

Loneliness & isolation

Eating disorders

 

Counselling may help you to understand and deal with difficult experiences you’ve had, such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement or redundancy.  You may want help dealing with feelings that don’t seem to be connected with a particular event or experience, such as feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety or low self-worth.

Counselling can also help you overcome mental health problems even if you are already getting other kinds of help from a GP or psychiatrist. It can also help you come to terms with an ongoing physical problem, illness or disability. Counselling can also be a means of coping with physical symptoms or complaints that doctors are not able to diagnose or alleviate.

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