Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues, without judging or criticising. It gives you the opportunity to talk about any current or past difficulties in your life which may be stopping you from living the life you want; as well as providing a space for you to talk openly, explore challenging feelings and to completely feel accepted and valued.
Counselling can help you cope with with many areas of a person’s life including depression, abuse, trauma, bereavement and loss, dealing with anger, stress and anxiety, identity and cultural differences, addictions, relationship issues, work related difficulties, sexuality, phobias and fears, eating disorders and much more.
A counsellor should respect your point of view, listen carefully in a non-judgemental way and help you gain an insight into your feelings and behaviour. Counselling gives you an opportunity to explore aspects of your life and accompanying feelings without fear or being judged. A counsellor’s professional approach will be intended to help you find clarity and to bring about change, or reduce confusion.
Confidentiality is an integral aspect in the agreement between the client and counsellor. There are some exceptions, which will allow the counsellor to work responsibly, and these will be discussed with you in your first initial appointment. Counsellors always discuss their client work regularly with a supervisor, who also has to maintain confidentiality. Supervision is an essential and ethical part of the work. If, under any circumstances, the counsellor is concerned about the client’s safety or the safety of a third party, it may be necessary to inform the client’s GP, psychiatrist (if applicable) or someone else. This will be discussed with the client wherever possible.
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