Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.

What can counselling help with?

Counselling can help you cope with:

• a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
• an upsetting physical health condition, such as infertility
• a difficult life event, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
• difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
• other issues, such as sexual identity

Three main forms of therapy

Person Centred Therapy

Person Centred Therapy (PCT) is a client led talking therapy based on the belief that we all have the ability will grow and fulfill our potential. Person-centred counselling can help people of any age, with a range of personal issues, it is believed to be particularly effective in helping overcome depression, anxiety, stress or grief. The client led nature of PCT allows you to control the content of the session and pace at which issues are explored, with no worry that you are being evaluated or assessed in any way.

Cognitive Behavioural Therapy

Therapy Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy which focuses on how your thoughts, beliefs and attitudes affect your feelings and behaviour, and teaches you coping skills for dealing with different problems. by changing the way, we think or behave in a situation, we can change the way we feel about life. The therapy examines learnt behaviours, habits and negative thought patterns with the view of adapting and turning them into a positive. CBT looks at the present and to the future. While past events and experiences are considered during the sessions, the focus is more on current concerns. CBT can help people of any age, with a range of personal issues, it is believed to be particularly effective in alleviating feelings of depression, anxiety and can help with, addictions, eating disorders and anyone who may which to chance specific behaviours or explore coping mechanisms.

Psychodynamic therapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy looks at how childhood experience and thoughts you are not aware of (your subconscious mind) affect your thinking, feelings, relationships and behaviour today. Unlike other forms of therapy, these aim to help create deep-seated change in your emotional development. Helping you to understand and resolve your problems by increasing your awareness of your inner self and how this can influence your relationships, a number of different psychoanalytic and psychodynamic therapies are available.