counselling

Counselling is a talking therapy within a safe and supportive environment where you can share anything that is troubling you and be listened to in a way that helps you understand yourself better. Counselling is delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.

We provide counselling for individuals and couples on a short or long term basis. This means you may either engage in counselling for as long as you require or choose to be allocated a set amount of solution focussed sessions with specific goals in mind.

Usually individuals choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and emotional distress in their lives. Sometimes people can be isolated but at other times, even where an individual has the most supportive family and friends, they can find it difficult, if not impossible to explain why they may be feeling down or not like themselves.

Counselling can help with a wide range of concerns including

  • Abuse
  • Addiction
  • Anger
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Carer responsibilities
  • Depression
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorders
  • Health issues
  • Major life changes
  • OCD (obsessive compulsive disorder)
  • Phobias and fears
  • Redundancy and work issues
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Sexuality
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Worry

However, you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have therapy. You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in your life and spirituality. All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to therapy.

Counselling offers a safe space for someone to talk about the things that concern him or her with someone who actively listens, doesn’t judge and provides support. Its aim is to help people become clearer about their problems and also find ways of coming up with their own answers.

We are accredited by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and work to their Ethical Framework for Good Practice. The Counselling Foundation is committed to equal opportunities and welcomes everyone irrespective of race, gender, class, culture, marital status, physical ability, religion or sexual orientation. We also cater for clients with disabilities or who speak other languages.

Our clients have supported our work with comments such as:

“Thank you, I’ve got me back!”

“Really helped me feel like myself again.”

“I didn’t think counselling was for me. Now I’ve finished I wish I had undergone sessions sooner.”

“It has certainly helped me to understand what I can do for myself first.”

“It has been good to talk to someone each week who just gets it”

“I have a lot of issues and could not have been easy to counsel – (name) was very pleasant and listened to all my problems. Thank you.”

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