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What is Counselling or Psychotherapy

Counselling or psychotherapy are know as ‘talking therapies’. They aim to allow people to talk through their problems  or concerns and any painful or distressing feelings they encounter in a private, safe and confidential setting.

Counselling or psychotherapy is generally a process people engage in when they want to change something in their lives or spend some time exploring their thoughts and feelings in more depth.

A therapist is not there to tell you what to do or make choices or decisions for you - rather they will encourage you to talk about your concerns in order to try and uncover patterns, root causes and help to identify specific ways of thinking and feeling.

Counselling does not conform to a 'one size fits all' format each practitioner will generally tailor their approach to the individual needs of the client. 

Each individual member will offer one or more of a range of different approaches or therapies when you begin to work together. The type of therapy used will depend on your counsellor's training and experience, the issues you are facing, the aims you and your counsellor may agree upon for your therapy and any preferences you may express. Most counsellors will ask questions and try to find out more about how you experience the world, how you think, the type of person you are etc, before you agree on a particular approach.


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