Counselling is a form of talking therapy, and your counsellor will be a trained and experienced professional. They will not only be fully qualified; they will also be a member or accredited member of the British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists (BACP) or COSCA (Scottish counselling association).
Your counsellor will encourage you to talk about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour, and they aim to provide you with a therapeutic and safe place to speak in a non-judgemental environment. They will also help you make sense of things and understand yourself better. Equip you to resolve complicated feelings or find ways to live with them. And enable you to recognise unhelpful thinking or behaviour patterns and find ways to change them (if you want to).
Counselling can help you manage and cope with stressful life events, such as bereavement (losing someone close to you), or losing your job. Difficult emotions, such as guilt, sadness, confusion, anger and low self-esteem, relationship problems, depression, anxiety and long-term physical health problems.
Some people think therapy is an extreme option, and that unless things are badly wrong, and you should try to manage on your own. But this isn't true. Counselling is appropriate at any point in your life, whatever the situation. Counselling can be beneficial when you're not at crisis point, as things are more comfortable to reflect upon at this stage and could help prevent things from getting worse.
The relationship with your counsellor is just as meaningful as the type of therapy you receive and how successful the outcome may be. If you don't like or trust the counsellor, you're less likely to feel able to open up to them and are less likely to have a positive experience. At the Wellbeing Academy our counsellors are experienced at building a rapport, but please let us know if the therapeutic 'fit' isn't right for you.
Counselling isn't a quick fix, so it might take some time to see whether it's helping or not. And your counsellor will regularly review the process with you. Each session will last 50 minutes.
Income up to £40,000pa - £40
Income up to £50,000pa - £50
Income up to £60,000pa - £60
Income up to £70,000pa - £70