Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
The ultimate aim of counselling is to enable the client to make their own choices, reach their own decisions and to act upon them accordingly.
A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.
Counselling aims to help you deal with and overcome issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable.
It can provide a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They won’t usually give advice, but will help you find your own insights into and understanding of your problems. Usually individuals choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives.