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What is counselling?

Counselling is about talking through what is on your mind.  Having somebody to listen can be really therapeutic.  It's not just about listening though, it's about working together to understand yourself better and to accept yourself.  

Without judgement


Having a trained therapist listening to you without judgement or telling you what to do can help you make sense of things and find a way forward.  It can help you to come to terms with problems you are facing.  Sometimes it is hard to see what is going on in your own life; you're too close, too emotionally involved.  Counselling gives you a space, helping you to take a step back and see what is going on.  It is a time for you to talk about whatever you want. 

Becoming more self-aware

Counselling can help with issues such as anxiety, depression, relationship problems and bereavement. You may be seeking counselling because you want to change something in your life.  You may be wishing to explore your emotions and feelings.  Counselling helps you to become more self-aware and to move towards self-acceptance.  

Counselling is not about giving advice and telling you what to do. By talking through what is on your mind counselling supports you in gaining insight into your problems and helps you to find your own solutions. 

BACP registered therapist Donna Stretton
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