What is counselling?

Life can bring challenges our way from time to time. Talking with family or friends may often help, at other times extra support might be needed. This is when counselling, provided by a professional therapist who is fully qualified and skilled, can be of benefit.  

Counselling takes place within a professional relationship between you and your counsellor. It is a space for you to explore what is troubling you or causing difficulty in your life. You will be invited to tell your story in your own time and in your own way. You may not know exactly what is causing your distress, your frustration, your sadness or any other feeling. You might just know that something is not quite right in your life. You will be offered non-judgemental support to understand your problems, find ways of coping or to make changes that could make things better for you. Sometimes with this support you will be able to find your own solutions, other times your counsellor might make suggestions to help you see or do things in a different way. The choice, however, will always be yours.

Why attend counselling?

You might just want someone to talk with to help work something out or it could be for a specific reason such as :

  • Feeling low or depressed
  • Stress caused by any of a range of life issues
  • Anxiety and panic attacks
  • Relationship concerns
  • Communication difficulties
  • Suicidal thoughts or self-harm
  • Confidence and self esteem
  • Decision making, career or life paths
  • Parenting issues
  • Sexual identity
  • Bereavement including pregnancy loss
  • Pregnancy choices.
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • Isolation and loneliness
  • Eating disorders
  • Life changes and life stages
  • Coping with illness
  • When life is not as you want it to be, for whatever reason.

People may also attend specialist addiction counselling services in relation to active alcohol, drug, gambling, sexual or other addictions. I do not provide this kind of specialist support.