What is it and how does it help?
Counselling is a type of talking therapy. Therapy offers a safe, confidential and non-judgemental space in which to talk to a trained professional about your feelings and concerns. It can be a place to explore difficult events in your life, your relationships and your emotions. You might choose to come to counselling to help you manage negative behaviours or to make changes.
A counsellor will not solve problems for you or offer advice. They will listen to your story, try to help you understand yourself better and support you to grow as a person and make positive changes in your life.
People often come to counselling because they are experiencing distress or difficulties in life. However, you don't have to be in crisis to come for counselling. It can help with a wide range of problems.
Counselling can help people to gain clarity about their feelings and to understand events that have happened to them in a way that makes sense to that individual. It can help people to move forwards in life by supporting them to make choices which feel right for them.