Most people come to counselling because they are stuck, confused or unhappy and they have found that it is difficult to share these feelings with family and friends. 

They might be suffering from low-mood, depression, stress or anxiety; they might be experiencing relationship issues or family problems or have experienced a bereavement; they might be feeling unhappy at work or going through a particularly difficult period in their lives (e.g. divorce, career change, serious illness). Sometimes there is just a sense that something is ‘not quite right’.

Whatever the reason for seeking counselling, the underlying aim is to facilitate change. Counselling assists people to make sense of life events and to become aware of what’s happening within them and within their relationships, so that they can best decide what needs to change and how to initiate this change.   
Counsellors do not give advice, they value each person as a unique individual and assist clients to find the answers which are right for them. 

Counselling provides a regular time and space to talk about issues and to explore difficult feelings in an environment that is dependable, free from intrusion, confidential and non- judgemental. It allows you to talk with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to provide support through times of change and crisis.  
Whilst some people feel an immediate sense of relief when they begin counselling, it is important to be aware that others may go through a period of feeling worse before they feel better, because they are talking about confusing, painful or uncomfortable feelings or difficult decisions.