Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counsellors, psychotherapists and psychologists all offer talking therapy as a treatment for various issues.
What can counselling help with?
Counselling can help you cope with:
- a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
- an upsetting physical health condition, such as infertility
- a difficult life event, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
- difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
- other issues, such as sexual identity
What to expect from counselling
At your appointment, you’ll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained therapist, who’ll listen and support you without judging or criticising.
Your therapist may start by taking a history of the troubles you are experiencing. They may just ask you to ‘tell your story’. Whatever format the assessment takes, you should feel you have the opportunity to tell the therapist about the issues that are troubling you.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they won’t usually give advice or tell you what to do.
Counselling can take place:
- face to face
- in a group
- over the phone
- by real time online consultation
You may be offered a single session of counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.
It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your therapist.
Your relationship with your therapist is very important. To get the best out of the process it’s important that you have confidence in them. Trust your instinct and if you’re unsure about the therapist, seek another one. We have a number of highly experienced therapists of different disciplines working at Cardiff Therapy Rooms. Have a look at their profiles here. If you’re unsure who to approach you can send us an email and we can pass it on to the appropriate person.