What is counselling?

Counselling is often seen as a last resort when we feel at crisis point , however it can also be something to engage in as a way of maintaining emotional well being.

 

However you come to counselling you will find it a place to become more aware of yourself, of areas of your life that might be difficult and a space where you can reflect with honesty and without judgement.

There are times in life when counselling is needed, but we often don't know we need support at first. Here are some signs that might indicate that talking to someone within a counselling relationship might help:

Feelings/expressions of anger, sadness or any emotion that are out of character and/or prolonged

Unable to cope with normal day to day tasks or unexplained lack of motivation

Excessive worry and anxiety that is out of character for you

Physiological symptoms that persist with no obvious medical basis like racing heart, breathing fast and shallow, headaches, severe fatigue or lethargy

Instances of self-harm, obsessive/repeated habits or suicidal thoughts

Counselling is normally run in sessions that are:

 - 1:1

 - 50 minutes long

 - private and confidential

 - non-directive: your space to use as you like

2019 Helen Kewell (MBACP)

Counsellor

PG Dip Humanistic Psychotherapeutic Counselling