Counselling gives an opportunity to discuss your difficulties in confidence, with someone who has been trained to listen and to help you move on.
The counsellor explores your problems with you, helping you to make sense of what is troubling you, and to discover what might be right for you. It can be a place where understanding and exploration can take place.
Counselling usually takes place once a week at the same time and place. Some people choose to work for a few sessions, others decide to come for longer.
Sometimes, people get confused between the terms 'counselling' and 'psychotherapy'. There is no clear demarcation line between the two, both are about working with the individual/couple/family to try to enhance their life. However, psychotherapy is often taken to infer work which is at a deeper level or more intense.
Many people have difficulties and seek help. Most people experience emotional problems at some stage of their life.
Issues brought are wide ranging and include:
A common difficulty which prevents people from seeking help is the belief that they should be managing. They blame themselves and don't understand why they can't 'pull themselves together'. I have found that there are usually good reasons for the difficulties.