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What is Counselling? How can Counselling Help Me?

What is counselling and how can it help me ?

We all experience personal challenges or issues in our lives, sometimes we can deal with these times by talking to friends or family or trying to deal with things ourselves. There are times however when issues are too much for us to manage on our own or cannot be resolved by support from our friends or family. At such times asking for support and strategies from professionals such as a counsellor can be helpful.

What is counselling ?

Counselling is a process of talking about and working through your personal problems with a trained counsellor. The counsellor helps you to address your problems in a positive way by helping you to clarify the issues, explore options, develop strategies and increase self-awareness. For some people just the process of telling their story to a counsellor and being listened to is helpful.

Counselling provides confidential support – this means that everything you discuss with the counsellor is private between you and the counsellor, the exception is when a counsellor has a duty of care to report something that threatens your well-being or the well-being of others. This legal requirement will be explained to you in your first counselling session.

What can counselling help with ?

Common issues that people seek counselling for include stress, anxiety and depression, relationship issues, work and career issues, grief and loss, addiction, abuse, trauma and self-esteem difficulties. In life what we say to others can sometimes have a knock-on effect altering relationships and the way people see each other. Counselling eliminates this problem and offers you the space and freedom to explore your own thoughts with an unbiased party. While counsellors may not give you the concrete advice or a checklist of things to do to feel better what they will do is help you uncover your own insight and understanding of your problems, providing you with the tools which will help you to resolve them on your own. The more armed with information you are the easier it gradually becomes to navigate your way through any difficulties you are facing so that eventually you can come out of the other side feeling more positive.

Counselling can also help you better understand other people’s points of view which can shed light onto the way you interpret words or actions. The counselling process requires a strong relationship between you and your counsellor and a degree of effort on your part. Together these two elements create a successful method to help you resolve your issues.

If you live in the Northeast and would like to talk to an Anxious Minds counsellor you can get in touch by ringing (0191) 2620305 or visit our website www.anxiousminds.co.uk