Counselling aims to help you explore, confront and eventually deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable or unhappy.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems.
Counselling can help you:
Counselling can often involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, you may feel worse in some ways at the start. However, with the help and support of your therapist, you should gradually start to feel better.
In most cases, it takes a number of sessions before the counselling starts to make a difference, and a regular commitment is required to make the best use of the therapy.
During your counselling sessions, you’ll be encouraged to express your feelings and emotions. By discussing your concerns with you, the counsellor can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, as well as identifying ways of finding your own solutions to problems.
It can be a great relief to share your worries and fears with someone who acknowledges your feelings and is able to help you reach a positive solution.
Counselling can take place:
You may be offered counselling as a single session, as a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or as a longer course that lasts for several months or longer.
Feeling comfortable with your therapist or counsellor is important as it affects how well the treatment works. Research shows that how well you get on with your therapist may be as important as the type of therapy you have.
Therapy is a two-way process and the more effort you put into it, the better the results are likely to be. Here are a few more useful insights for anyone beginning talking treatment are: