What is Counselling?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows individuals to explore their problems, thoughts and feelings in a safe and confidential way. It is non-judgemental , empathic and seeks to facilitate positive change for individuals.
Counselling is delivered by trained therapists who work with people to help them bring about effective change in their lives and help to improve how they feel. It can help to resolve especially difficult personal, social or psychological problems and difficulties which are affecting moods and causing anxiety.
It’s aim is to help a patient understand and see things more clearly, from a different view point, thus enabling them to focus on feelings, experiences and behaviours.
What Counselling is not!
Counselling is not about giving advice or being told by the therapist what you should do. It is not the therapists aim to sort out your problems but to help you find out how to do it yourself. Counselling is not about what the therapist thinks or does – it’s about YOU.
As with all therapies within the NHS, confidentiality is paramount to successful counselling. There may, however, be some issues that, by law, require disclosure to appropriate authorities ie: if there is a risk to life etc.