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What is counselling?

Counselling is a talking therapy. Talking things through with a counsellor can offer an opportunity to explore thoughts, feelings and your personal situation in a safe environment. The counsellor's role is to support you on your journey of personal discovery, without judgement.

To ensure best practice and safety of the client and counsellor, the counsellor should be trained and continue to have ongoing training and supervision.

BACP Definition of counselling
"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing"


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Counselling may not be suitable for everyone or for emergency situations. For example those who are in an extremely anxious state, feeling suicidal or suffering from severe mental illness. In these circumstances contact your GP if possible or one of the following organisations.

  • Samaritans
    A telephone helpline for those who are contemplating suicide or are feeling depressed.
  • Sane
    Provides emotional support, practical help and information.
  • Mind
    The mental health charity.

Alternatively contact your local community mental health services.