Counselling provides a confidential, safe and non-judgemental space in which you can talk freely about your difficulties.  You may want to  deal with particular symptoms, release pent up feelings or take time to reflect about your life and relationships.   The counsellor does not generally give advice but works alongside you to  find a way forward.  They can also offer constructive feedback  and a new perspective on the way you see yourself and others.  Counselling is usually short term, lasting between six and twenty weeks.  Longer term work does occur when necessary.

Counselling can help those who are coming to terms with a loss or  life change, experiencing depression, anxiety or low self esteem.  Counselling is recommended by government’s N.I.C.E.  guidelines as helpful in the treatment of depression.

There are different forms of counselling, including humanistic, psychodynamic, and integrative:

Integrative: The integrative approach involves recognising and valuing the different aspects of the individual as a whole person including the body, feelings, mind and spirit. In this way an integrative counsellor will train within a range of modalities  which may include or encompass psychodynamic, humanistic, gestalt, CBT and the transpersonal. The approach will vary depending on the philosophy of the training institute and the individual approach of the therapist.

Psychodynamic:  The psychodynamic approach is informed by the works of the psychoanalytic perspective ( see psychoanalytic psychotherapy).

Humanistic: The humanistic approach includes a number of different perspectives including person centred, gestalt, and transactional analysis.
  Areas where counselling can help:

  • Anxiety

  • Bereavement

  • Divorce or separation

  • Depression or Post-natal depression.

  • Loss

  • Relationships

  • Anger management

  • Mental health issues

  • Personal Development

  • Pregnancy related issues

  • Child related issues

  • Redundancy

  • Age related issues

  • Health related issues

  • AIDS / HIV

  • Adoption

  • Self esteem

  • Sex related issues

  • Sexual identity

  • Body dysmorphic disorders

  • Eating Disorders

  • Phobias