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Counselling is about talking through your issues in a safe, confidential space. The process is a talking therapy carried out on a one-to-one basis by a trained practitioner who will be good at listening carefully to you and without judgement.
Counsellors can help you to better understand your thoughts and feelings. We are there to support you as you carefully explore your situation and then work with you to navigate a way forward in your life.
A counselling relationship is one of respect, trust and safety. Counsellors do not give advice but we are empathic, non-judgemental, impartial and resilient. This impartiality is ideal to help you to work with your emotions, however confusing they may seem to you.
Sessions normally take place at the same time and place on a weekly basis and rely on a strong working relationship where both the counsellor and the client are committed to change.
Most people come to counselling because they want to change something in their lives or they want to explore their thoughts and feelings in more depth. Counselling can help you understand yourself better and the way you think and behave, which in turn helps you develop a clearer understanding of your problems.
Seeing a counsellor is different to talking to a friend or family member because it is focused only on you and your counsellor won’t get upset, angry or judgemental about what you bring to the sessions.
It can sometimes be difficult to take that first step to contact a counsellor especially if you feel embarrassed, ashamed or angry about your issues. However, always remember that we want to work with you to understand things a bit more clearly and improve your wellbeing.
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