What is Counselling?
Counselling provides a safe, private and confidential space where you can share and explore your thoughts and feelings. We all face challenges throughout our lives, as we cope with relationships, change and loss. Sometimes we have friends and family who can help: but at others, we feel very alone. It can feel easier to talk with someone outside of our own circle, who has special training in helping to make sense of things.
There are very many kinds of counselling, and counselling courses, available. Recent Government funding has been aimed at Increasing Access to Psychological Therapies (IAPT), which mainly supports Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT) and other short-term therapies, via GP practices and NHS outpatient clinics. These therapies are directed at improving current symptoms, such as social anxiety and patterns of negative thinking. This can be helpful – but sometimes, the source of our difficulties lies beneath these symptoms, often connecting to the past, and we need someone else to help us make sense of it.
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