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What is Counselling?

Many people have inner worries or issues to work through, or have some self-healing to do. We often don't feel it's comfortable, safe, or helpful to seek support from the people in our lives surrounding these issues. However, (as the quote above suggests) just because no-one else can work through your stuff for you, doesn't mean you have to do it alone. Counselling bridges the gap.

Counselling is a safe, confidential, non-judgemental, supportive space, where you can talk to a trained professional about your worries, issues or concerns. The Counsellor's role is to listen and hear your words and experiences, and help you to process and explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. - Which can lead to greater understanding of yourself, others, and your interactions.

Counsellors are not there to provide their opinions or give advice. - Instead they support you to work through your own 'stuff' and finding solutions, answers, or coping strategies for yourself.

Most Counselling sessions take place at a specific time, on a specific day, at a specific place, as agreed by you and your counsellor. Sessions generally last approximately 50-minutes and occur on a regular basis.

There are many different types of counselling, such as; Group counselling, Family counselling, Couples Counselling, 1 to 1 Counselling, Youth counselling, Relationship counselling, or Sex and relationships counselling. The most commonly used type of counselling is 1-to-1 counselling, in which the counselling is completely focused on you, the client.

Counselling can also take place through various methods, including; Face-to-face, Over Telephone, or Via (end-to-end encrypted) Video chat platforms such as WhatsApp or Zoom.

The topics counselling is able to cover are immeasurable, each client brings their own 'stuff' that they wish to work on. Some examples of more commonly discussed counselling topics include: Relationships, Emotions and Feelings, Thoughts and thought patterns, Behaviours, Identity, Bereavement and Loss, Trauma, Abuse, Childhood, Illness, and Day-to-day stresses.

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