Counselling is a chance for you to be listened to, without judgment, without interruptions, without criticism and without any barriers.
Counselling will help you to explore what is actually taking place in your life that is causing you to be struggle with your emotions and your thoughts and feelings.
Counselling is a safe place for you to talk and be listened to.
There are different ways in which you can learn to change and grow. Counselling will encourage you to change and grow in your own unique way.
CBT means Cognitive Behavioural Therapy.
CBT can be used to help you understand how what you think impacts on what you do and how you feel.
CBT can help you bring clarity where there is confusion.
CBT is organised and structured to encourage more helpful thoughts and behaviours, replacing those thoughts and behaviours that are not helpful for your mental and physical wellbeing.
Integrative Counselling is where different ways of exploring your individual problem are brought into the counselling session.
For example, counsellors will use CBT to help their clients, as well as creative therapies and perhaps relaxation techniques may be taught to help the client manage their stress.
Every person is different so Integrative Counselling means that there is not a 'one size fits all' approach. The counselling will be tailored to you personally.
Counselling is different than talking to a family member or a friend.
Of course, we all need to talk to family members and our friends when something is worrying us, and we would also want them to come to us!
When you see a counsellor, it is because you are choosing to get expert help to work out the best solution for you in a confidential, supportive and unbiased way.
After all, counselling is not advice, counsellors will not give you the answers-instead we help you find your own answers, with all the support you will need.