What is Counselling and How might it help?


Sometimes the first step can be the hardest one to take. In accessing The Counselling Service you have taken that first step, acknowledging that you may wish to seek professional support with an issue that is causing difficulty within your life and preventing it from being as fulfilled, as you would like. These issues could include stress, work related issues, financial, relationship, marriage, divorce, bereavement, pregnancy, drug or alcohol. At The Counselling Service I work with many different issues.

BACP Definition of Counselling

  Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.

What is Therapy/Counselling?

    Therapy/Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, painful or uncomfortable. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve things. It allows you to talk through issues that you may think are small but which keep recurring and causing stress to larger life events.
There can be times in life where it can be difficult to find someone to talk through life’s problems with. How often have heard yourself say; 

“I need help but I’m not sure where to turn, I’ll be fine I’ll just carry on it’ll work itself out, It’s not that important-it’ll be ok, I’d like to talk to somebody but everybody around me seems busy, people have their own issues, nobody will understand me, its embarrassing I’ll feel silly, people have bigger issues than I do………and so the list goes on”

These are some of the phrases that have been said many times over by many people, people who have entered into counselling and have found that with professional support they have been able to find a way through their issues.

What issues can therapy/counselling help me deal with?

A wide range of life issues including stress, anxiety, depression, debt, addictions ( prescription/non prescription drugs, alcohol and smoking) bereavement,  health issues, pain, anger, relationship issues separation and divorce, feelings of helplessness, feeling of exclusion, isolation, money,  pregnancy related issues, low self confidence and work related issues.

How will therapy/counselling make me feel?

Therapy/Counselling is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel better in the long-run. The Counselling Service understand this and will work to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.

Will I feel better straight away?

Usually it will take a number of sessions before Counselling starts to make a difference. However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.

Does Counselling work for everybody?

Some people are more responsive than others.  The Counselling Service recognises that Counselling is not a universal cure-all. You may be talking about very personal and often painful things, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as you can be helped to work through problems and relieve some of the pain or difficulty.