Counselling is a talking therapy, a process in which you can discuss any problems or difficult feelings you may be having in a safe, confidential environment. It is not the role of the counsellor to tell you what to do but instead they will encourage you to talk about any issues or problems you might be having in order to uncover any root causes and identify your specific way of thinking. Although the counsellor will not tell you what to do, creating plans of actions and intervention techniques are often a part of therapy used to help you find a way of coping.

Counselling can be useful for an individual who wants to explore thoughts or feelings they may be having, as well as for anyone experiencing a problem or issue they aren't coping with or would like to resolve. 

People may choose to speak to a counsellor for many different reasons. It might be because they feel they cannot speak to their friends or family about certain topics. Some people might feel comfortable speaking to friends and family but come to counselling to speak in a room free from judgement and expectations. Some people may choose to talk to a counsellor because they like speaking to someone who is not involved in a situation they wish to talk about so they can provide an objective viewpoint.

Person-centred counselling was founded by Carl Rogers. This approach means you are empowered to discover solutions to issues in a supportive environment. The approach allows for the client to have an input into the counselling process such as discussing how many sessions they feel comfortable attending and what topics they would like to bring into the room. The counsellor will offer honesty, respect and confidentiality. 

Counselling can be helpful for anyone wishing to explore the way they are thinking or feeling. Common subjects often brought to counselling are:

  • depression
  • anxiety
  • phobias
  • addictions
  • bereavement
  • bullying
  • illness
  • mental health
  • trauma
  • stress
  • inner conflict
  • family conflict
  • relationships
  • LGBTQ+ issues
  • womens issues