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What is counselling and how can it help you?

What is Counselling? 

The NHS defines counselling as a “talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.” 

Counselling offers a safe, non-judgemental and confidential place to talk to a trained professional about your feelings and concerns. You might talk about difficult events in your life or your relationships and emotions. Or you might have negative thoughts and behaviours that you want to change. 


Research has shown the relationship you have with your Counsellor is really crucial in how successful you find any Talking Therapy. Regardless of the type of therapy a Counsellor practices, if you don’t like or trust that person you’re less likely to feel able to open up to them, and are less likely to have a positive experience. 


Counselling provides an opportunity to: 


·         Explore your fears and anxieties without being judged 

·         Understand present patterns of thinking and behaving and identify those which may be unhelpful and how they originated 

·         Examine difficulties in making and keeping relationships 

·         Evaluate assumptions and beliefs 


Counselling can help you to: 


·         Feel less overwhelmed by your feelings and situation 

·         Find greater freedom of thought and action as you feel less confused 

·         Make informed choices 

·         Set and work towards achieving realistic goals for yourself and your life 

·         Achieve an overall sense of purpose and direction for your life 

·         Increase self-esteem and confidence 


Counsellors will not give you advice or solve your problems for you. They will listen to your story, helping you to understand yourself better and make positive changes in your life. If you are looking for a counsellor that offers psychotherapy in wider Northamptonshire then please feel free to contact me for further information. If you would like to know more about how Integrative Therapy works, please learn more here.