Topic outline

  • General

    About Counselling

    Counselling is...

    • a special way of talking over the difficulties we face.
    • a relationship in which we can explore these difficulties, work out how you want to change your life and put the changes in place.
    • confidential and it is free.
    • aimed to help you reach solutions to some problems or difficulties that you might be going through.


    Types of Counselling/Services

    Personal Counselling - Eg Stress, Anxiety, Depression, Bullying, Family Issues, Relationship Issues, Friendships, Grief.

    Addictions - Outside Services are often used for issues like smoking, drugs and alcohol and other addictions.

    Sexual Health and Related Issues - A counsellor may be a good starting point.

    What happens in Counselling?

    In counselling you are helped to explore you difficulties and concerns, and to develop more satisfying and resourceful ways of living.

    Counselling may at times make you feel temporarily uncomfortable, miserable or angry. However, overall it should feel safe and caring. You should also have a sense of progress over time.

    A Counsellor can help you to...

    • explore your emotions, thoughts, and behaviour
    • become more aware of yourself your values and what motivates you
    • plan and set goals
    • improve your relationships
    • reduce your stress
    • develop your sense of well being
    • do things differently


    A Counsellor may...

    • see you on your own or with support people
    • give you information
    • discuss with you who you could talk to about your difficulties
    • act on your behalf with your consent
    • refer you to someone more appropriate


    A Counsellor is expected to...

    • be trustworthy
    • respect your confidentiality
    • listen to you carefully and sensitively
    • help you sort out how you would like things to be different
    • support you in making the changes you choose to make