Counselling provides a regular, confidential time and space for you to talk about things that may be troubling you and explore difficult feelings.

Counselling helps you to deal with specific problems, cope with crises, improve your relationships, or develop better ways of living.

Many people may have heard of counselling, but are unsure of the term psychotherapy. There are many similarities and differences. Both have a trained person who listens to your problems and helps you to find a way forward that will benefit you. Counselling deals with more minor situational problems, which can be dealt with often in a short length of time, for example 4-8 sessions. Where as psychotherapy deals with longer term issues that may have troubled you for longer, e.g. since childhood and require longer term work, possibly months or years. The length of time required is negotiated with your therapist.

Female psychologist making notes during psychological therapy session


  • Counselling offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life and anything that may be confusing, uncomfortable, or difficult for you.

  • Counsellling is known to be an effective approach for dealing with psychological and emotional issues.

  • Talking therapies such as Counselling and Psychotherapy are fully accepted within mainstream medicine, but may not always be available to you when you feel you need them.

  • Counselling can be considered in conjunction with prescribed medication or as an alternative. If you are currently taking prescribed medication, always discuss any changes with your general practitioner.

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