What is counselling?
A space to talk about difficulties you are experiencing.
Working towards reducing those difficulties.
A relationship focused on you, and your needs.
Talking with a trained professional who is impartial, and not connected to your circumstances.
How does counselling work?
In counselling it can feel like a relief to have someone listen to you without judgement of your thoughts and feelings, this can help reduce anxiety and distress. Having a place to explore the difficulties you are experiencing where someone is trying to understand what it is like for you can feel incredibly supportive. Talking about the aspects that are creating challenge and distress can help thoughts to feel less tangled and easier to understand, as understanding around feelings increases it can be clearer what direction to take and help you to feel more in control.
How long does it take?
Some people may choose to have a set number of sessions, for example 6 to 12 to explore an issue they are currently experiencing, and other people may choose to have counselling over a longer period of time to explore ongoing issues more gradually. There is no 'right' answer, counselling is a process of exploring thoughts and feelings at a pace that feels right for you, everyone is different.
Does the type or modality of counselling matter?
There are many different types of counselling, for example person centred, psychodynamic, cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), Gestalt, to name a few! The most important things are working with someone who is fully trained and a member of a professional organisation to ensure they work to a high standard and feeling comfortable working with your therapist, building trust as the sessions continue, feeling supported by them, regardless of what type of counselling they offer.
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