Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk about your issues and concerns. Our counsellors will listen to you without judgement so you feel heard and understood. They will help you to express feelings and thoughts, as well as initiate and sustain change when you are ready to do so.
Sometimes, it can be difficult to know why we feel and behave the way we do that is causing us pain. Our counsellors are trained to work with you to help you make sense of your world and the experiences that might be making you feel anxious, sad, confused, stressed, helpless or vulnerable.
Counselling can be a powerful and transformative experience. It can help you gain a deeper insight into the issues you are facing, and talk about things you may not have shared with anyone else. Perhaps you need to make sense of an HIV diagnosis, find healing from a traumatic experience, improve your relationships - with yourself and with others - or you want to become a more ’authentic’ you. Counselling can support you to make difficult decisions as well as to find more balance in your life. It can also help you to gain greater perspective on your life and feel more empowered.
Who can benefit?
Anyone can benefit from counselling because we all gain something from becoming more aware of how we see ourselves, how we see others, and the world around us. You don’t need to have been diagnosed with a mental health condition or even be distressed to benefit from counselling.
Please note that our low cost counselling service is not a crisis service and we may need to refer you on if you are feeling suicidal or you are experiencing, or have recently experienced, psychotic episodes. If you are in crisis and need immediate support, contact your GP, visit A&E at your local hospital or call the Samaritans at any time on the free number 116 123.
What changes can I expect to see?
Counselling is a very individual process, but it can help you:
- increase intimacy with others and discover ways to choose more fulfilling relationships with partners, family and friends
- develop self-acceptance and self-appreciation
- discover different perspectives on life experiences
- increase self-understanding
- increase confidence in yourself to make changes and choices that support your well-being
- feel more ‘alive’, motivated and hopeful.