There are many different types of counselling but, in essence, it is a ‘talking therapy’, that allows time and space to discuss and explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviour with someone who is independent and non-judegmental. A counsellor will listen carefully to all that you have to say, and will then help you to deal with specific problems that are troubling you.
Counselling can be carried out in groups or with couples and families, however most sessions are offered on a one-to-one basis. All couselling sessions are confidential.
It is important to note that counsellors do not offer advice. Instead, they help you to gain insight into your feelings and behaviour and how you might change these, if necessary.
Sessions usually last for 50 minutes to an hour and take place at regular intervals – often once a week – so that you have time to explore and and reflect on any matters that are troubling you.
Counselling is generally a short-term therapy, especially if it is via GP referral, lasting between six to 10 sessions. However private counsellors can offer further or ‘open-ended’ counselling, but it should always be agreed in the first few sessions when the counselling is likely to come to a close