Counselling is a talking therapy between a client and a trained professional.
The therapist provides a safe, confidential, non-judgemental environment for the client to discuss their issues and to explore their thoughts, feelings and behaviours to make better sense of them in order to move forward. Any limitations to confidentiality will be addressed in the first session.
Unlike talking to friends or family, a counsellor will not talk over you, interrupt with details of their similar experiences, judge or tell you what to do. Instead, they will listen. They will use their skills to help you through your problems, help you see things differently and move through each session at a pace that is comfortable. Your first session with a counsellor may be the first time you have truly been heard.
You may know what is causing you distress from past or recent experiences, or be aware that lack of self-esteem is holding you back. For some there is just a feeling of being stuck, unable to make changes and move forward to a more fulfilling life. Whatever the reason, attending counselling is an investment in yourself and your future well-being.