About Counselling

There is no equivalent to the counselling relationship.

In normal social interaction, conversation is based on a mutual exchange, where the focus of talking and listening is shared.  In contrast, the counselling relationship is one where the attention is solely on the
client, giving them the opportunity to talk at length about themselves with a professional who is trained
to listen skilfully, non judgementally and intervene only when appropriate and beneficial to the client.

Talking helps…… The very act of putting things in to words helps to clarify and give a reality to thoughts,
feelings, wishes, problems etc which may exist in the mind but have, as yet, never been clearly formulated.
Often the self discoveries the client makes are about things which they feel  have always been there but
never really recognised.

Talking can also help us to access our feelings – often the naming of an emotion allows us to experience
feelings which we may have previously denied, repressed or ignored. It is often due to our inability to express
our emotions and bottle things up, that we  experience pain and discomfort. Talking helps to access and release our feelings leading to greater well being.

Counselling may be effective in addressing such issues as

  • Low self esteem
  • Anxiety and stress
  • Bereavement
  • Separation and divorce
  • Anger issues
  • Panic attacks
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Addiction
  • Depression