Generally Counselling is considered short term Talking Therapy which allows you to explore your current situation, to find ways of dealing with your difficulties and to enable you to manage them in a better and more appropriate way.
Generally long-term Talking Therapy, or Psychotherapy, allows you to gain an understanding of yourself at a deeper level. Psychotherapy can also help you explore the challenges you face in life, like emotional, psychological and relationship issues, looking at their root causes to work towards lasting change.
Specific advice is not given but a Counsellor and Psychotherapist is trained to listen with empathy and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have.
Yes. All reputable Counsellors and Psychotherapists are bound by a code of ethics which prevents them from discussing the details of your case with anyone other than a fully qualified Supervisor who will not be able to identify you. This will be the only other person apart from the Therapist who knows about your personal situation. This is in line with any qualified Counsellor and Psychotherapist. Exceptions - By law, any information regarding terrorism or potential terrorist acts has to be disclosed under The Prevention of Terrorism Act as does Child Protection issues. I would encourage clients with suicidal tendencies to also work closely with their GP and in extreme circumstances; to maintain client safety, seek permission for their GP's assistance.
Counselling and Psychotherapy; also known as Talking Therapy, can help with a number of issues that might cause you to feel anxious, depressed or generally stuck in life. Outlined below is a list of common issues that people seek counselling or therapy for, although this list is by no means exhaustive and simply feeling low, apathetic or ambivalent about life might be enough for you to seek help from a Counsellor of Psychotherapist.
If you are unsure if Counselling or Psychotherapy can help you, simply arrange an initial session to explore how you feel and if you think Talking Therapy might help.
Sessions are 50 minutes long and held weekly. Sessions are always at the same time, day of week and at the same location.