What is Counselling?

Counselling is always confidential. The first meeting offers a chance to explore possibilities, hopes and expectations; benefits and limitations and to see whether we can work together. We may decide to meet again, however there is no obligation to do so.

Counselling helps the client to understand their situation and see where there may be options for change which may not have been obvious before. Strong feelings can be overwhelming and disruptive to daily life and to relationships at home and at work. Learning to deal with, for example, anger, sadness or resentment allows changes which can be difficult to make alone.

When Can Counselling be Useful?

  • When feelings, for example anger, depression, sadness, grief or apathy, disrupt day-to-day living.
  • When apprehension, anxiety or distress are overwhelming as a result of specific life events, for example redundancy, promotion, changing careers, moving, the beginning or end of relationships, divorce, bereavement, childhood events.
  • When a background feeling of anxiety or stress affects dealing with everyday ups and downs.
  • When there is a suspicion that life could be more fruitful and fulfilling, and there is no accompanying sense of what you want or how to get it.
  • When situations or behaviour are repeated in ways that make you feel uncomfortable.