What are Counselling & Psychotherapy?

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.
— British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy

Counselling or 'talking therapy' can help improve the way we feel and the quality of our lives by providing a safe space to explore areas of difficulty and focus on changes we would like to make.

People decide to seek Counselling for a variety of reasons. These might include:

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Career or relationship issues
  • Bereavement
  • Sexual, physical or emotional abuse
  • Trauma
  • Low self-esteem

Counsellors and Psychotherapists are trained to help with a variety of difficult issues, thoughts and feelings as well as difficult life events such as:

  • Unemployment
  • Loss
  • Relationship difficulties
  • Abuse.

Counselling can help improve difficulties such as:

  • Stress
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Troubled sleep
  • Panic attacks


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Within Counselling you can be free to talk about difficult feelings and situations with someone who is impartial, and who won't judge. Counselling can give you space and time to help you explore your thoughts and feelings and to make positive changes. Having a confidential space to do this with someone who is independent of your situation may be all you need. 

Counselling can also help by exploring patterns of negative thinking, and patterns of behaviour which may be causing difficulty in your life.

Counselling can help you to work towards a better understanding of you and your situation and to identify solutions and possible ways forward.


Professional Counsellors take confidentiality seriously. This means that what you talk about to your Counsellor stays in the therapy room, unless there is a risk of harm to yourself or others, and in certain circumstances governed by law. The limits of confidentiality will be discussed at the first session.