What is Counselling?

'There are always flowers for those who want to see them.' Henri Matisse.

If you’re interested in exploring yourself, then counselling is for you.

Come to counselling if you feel it might be helpful to talk through a difficult life experience (such as relationship difficulties, depression, stress, poor self-esteem, or anxiety) or a time of transition (such as career change, menopause, bereavement or trauma).

Counselling gives you the space and time to explore whatever is concerning or troubling you, and to consider possible solutions. You'll not be judged or told what to do, because counselling isn't about giving advice. Counselling will help you find the best answer for you, to deal with your issue.

Talking it through with a counsellor can help to develop your self-awareness, and your insight into how you relate to yourself, and to those around you.

Counselling can help bring about personal growth and change, which better enables you to understand yourself, deal with issues, and relate to others. Counselling is not about changing you into somebody else. It is successful when you feel you have become more like the real YOU.

Here's some other useful explanations of counselling, from two services where I have been a part-time counsellor: