What is counselling

Counselling allows you to talk about your problems and feelings in a safe supportive and private space.

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 that you have.

Why people need counselling?

People choose to have counselling because they could be experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives or have other problems which they need to talk over in private. It may be easier to talk about personal, family, or relationship issues with a person who is independent of friends and family.

How Counselling can help

Counselling to helps you to cope with and overcome issues that are causing 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.

Counselling can help you to:

  • cope with a bereavement or relationship breakdown
  • cope with problems with college or school
  • deal with problems with your family of friends
  • explore issues such as sexual identity
  • difficult feelings such as anger, shame or sadness
  • deal with issues that are preventing you from achieving your ambitions
  • deal with feelings of depression or sadness, and have a more positive outlook on life
  • understand yourself and your problems better
  • feel more confident
  • develop a better understanding of other people’s points of view

Counselling can often involve exploring difficult or painful feelings and, as you begin to face them, with the help and support, you should gradually start to feel better.

A counsellor will not judge you or give you direct advice, but will help you explore alternatives so you can make your own choices.

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Why have online counselling

Here are some that young people have mentioned for having counseling online:

I didn’t have to get a lift to the appointment”……..”I could email when I wanted”….…

“I felt I had more control over things”….… “I found it helped reading back the replies”… “I didn’t have to explain where I was going”…..…”I didn’t want anyone to know I was getting counselling”…… “ I’m not sure if I would’ve opened up so much if I was sitting with someone there”…..”I wanted to try some counselling”… “ I just needed someone to talk to during the holidays when I couldn’t see my counsellor”.

Sometimes you can feel isolated but at other times, even where an you have the most supportive family and friends, you can find it difficult to explain why you are feeling anxious or depressed.

You do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have counselling.

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