What is Counselling and Psychotherapy?


Our brains and minds are incredibly powerful at solving personal-social problems but sometimes a situation may develop that inhibits us from moving forward. Often this can be resolved by talking to family and friends. When this doesn't seem to help enough then a therapist can work with you to free up your own resources to understand the situation and get what you want. By creating a warm professional environment where you feel safe to explore your life with confidence and trust the therapist facilitates change within you.

Research shows that people want to feel free:
  • to speak honestly and openly
  • to be engaged with and by the therapist
  • to be understood and seen for who they really are
  • to get help in restructuring their experience of the world


  • What Conditions Can it Help?
    Counselling and psychotherapy work through both the helping relationship and therapeutic techniques. Counselling and psychotherapy are not, for the most part, designed to cure an illness as an antibiotic might cure a bacterial infection. Counselling aims to help you to change how you see the world - how much you are aware of your feelings; your behaviours and your thoughts and how you can move to change unhelpful patterns. With this in mind counselling and psychotherapy should help most psychological problems. For some conditions such as depression or psychiatric illness it will be important to work with your GP as well.

    What Benefits can be Expected?
    Generally people feel better fairly quickly after seing a counsellor. The fact that you have made an effort towards self help and begun to work on your problem will improve your sense of self effectiveness. The counsellor's support and the idea that you are now working in a 'team' can also be beneficial.

    To find out more Visit the British Association for Counselling and UK Council for Psychotherapy