“Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.” NHS Choices
Counselling can help you cope with many different issues, such as;
- Depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
- Health conditions, such as infertility, IBS or cancer
- Difficult life events, such as bereavement, relationship breakdown, divorce or work-related stress
- Difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
- Traumatic experiences and events, such as sexual violence, abuse or road traffic accidents
- Other issues, such as sexual identity
What to expect from counselling
At your appointment, you’ll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with and listened to without judgement or criticism.
This can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems.
These sessions are generally for a short period of time to help you with difficulties that are happening in your life right now.
Counselling has been shown to be equally effective as CBT (cognitive behaviour therapy) with depression BMC Psychiatry It can also help with anxiety, panic, phobias, bereavement and many other difficulties.