Counselling, also known as a 'talking therapy', offers a safe, confidential and non judgmental space in which individuals can explore their lives and make sense of what they are feeling whilst being supported by an experienced therapist. Counselling does not tell you what to do, but through support and gentle challenging it can enable you to gain a greater understanding of yourself and how you are in relationships.
Confusion, loneliness and helplessness are often feelings that affect people on a daily basis and also affect those around us. Sometimes, friends and family are enough to help us through; at other times we may need some extra support. Counselling is about helping you look at these issues and to explore ways forward; this maybe helping you resolve them or finding new ways of coping. Talking to a counsellor can help you gain an understanding as to why things feel as they do and to find new ways of coping in order that you can feel more in control of your future. It can take time, but can be done at your own pace. Making the decision to see a counsellor can be a turning point and can make a significant difference to the way you are feeling. For some people opening up about things that are affecting them can prove challenging or even painful, particularly early on during the process. In this instance, attending counselling on a regular basis, even when it feels difficult, often proves valuable, enabling thoughts and feelings to be worked through.
Whether it's concerns about the future, perhaps you are looking at making some difficult decisions, coping with what's happening now, or dealing with past experiences, counselling can provide personal support and a new insight.