Counselling is a type of talking therapy that can help you deal with a variety of emotional issues. ‘Counselling’ can be used as an umbrella term for many talking therapies, but it is also a specific type of therapy in itself.
Counselling can be used to help you with:
- Mental health conditions, like depression, anxiety, or an eating disorder
- Physical health conditions that you may find upsetting, such as infertility
- Challenging life events, including a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
- Difficult emotions, for example, low self-esteem or anger
- Other issues, including sexual identity
Counselling involves talking about your feelings and the challenges you are facing with a professionally qualified, trained therapist.
Your therapist isn’t there to give you advice or tell you what to do. Instead, they will help you to understand your thought processes and enable you to find your own solutions to your problems.
There are different ways to receive counselling, and, surprisingly, face to face counselling isn’t the only option. You can receive counselling over the phone, via email, in a group setting, or even through live chat services online.