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What is Counselling

Counselling and psychotherapy involve giving professional assistance to people who are experiencing difficulties in their lives - it is for everyone and is an opportunity to understand oneself better.

Whilst the words counselling and psychotherapy are used interchangeably and there is an overlap. Counselling may be more short term and tends to deal with recent events such as bereavement or relationship issues. Psychotherapy may be longer term work around deeper issues which may originate in the past.

There is no issue that cannot be explored in the safety of the counselling/psychotherapy session. Among the issues that people bring are:

  • Bereavement
  • Depression
  • Self Esteem
  • Trauma
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Stress
  • Counselling and psychotherapy offer an opportunity to explore current dilemmas or previous traumas and experiences in a safe, non-judgemental and accepting environment with a view to facilitating personal growth.

The approach used believes that each person has within themselves the answers to their unique issues and questions.

So the counsellor does not provide solutions or give advice, but rather provides a space for the client to express their hurts, needs, dreams and feelings in a safe place.

The counsellor uses their skills to enable clients to look inwards at the impact of various issues on their life and explore options for change.

In the sacredness of the counselling session, there is nothing that cannot be talked about.


Everything that is said in the counselling session is treated with the utmost confidence. At the start of the first session, the counsellor will explain the extremely rare occasions where confidentiality might be broken with or without your consent but always after discussion with you.


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