Why go and see a Counsellor?

Most people feel worried or depressed at some time in their lives and it helps to have someone to talk to.  Friends and family can be supportive but they may have problems of their own or you may not want to share intimate details with them.

People see counsellors for a wide variety of reasons – depression, relationship problems, panic attacks, stress, addictions and much more.  Sometimes feelings of despair and hopelessness can be overwhelming.  Emotional problems don’t necessarily go away if we ignore them so it makes sense to deal with them as soon as possible.

What is counselling?

A counsellor is trained to listen carefully to your problems and to support you while you find your own solutions.  The relationship between a counselor and a client is confidential and is based on respect and trust.  Counselling helps you to discover the reasons for negative feelings and to work out ways of dealing with them.  It is a time for you to express difficult feelings such as fear, grief and jealously in a safe, supportive environment.  You will not be criticized, nor will you be put under pressure to do or feel anything.  Your counsellor will help you find solutions that are realistic and workable for you.

Counselling should help you to take control of your life and to understand the reasons why you feel the way you do, which may help you to handle these feelings in the future. You may learn different ways of communicating with others so you can become more assertive, or you may develop greater self-respect. Often it is only when we talk to someone unconnected with our lives that we begin to hear what we are really saying and feeling. Counselling offers you this opportunity.

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