Counselling / Psychotherapy is a talking therapy that involves a therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.
What you talk about will vary depend on what you want help with and the therapist’s approach. It could include:
- your relationships
- your childhood
- your feelings, emotions or thoughts
- your behaviour
- past and present life events
- situations you find difficult
Your therapist will be impartial but understanding. They will listen to you without judgment and help you explore your thoughts and emotions. They may offer information, but they won’t tell you what you should think or do.
You’ll get the best results from your therapy if you’re open and honest with your therapist and say how you’re really feeling. If you’re to work effectively together, you should feel safe and able to take risks by disclosing and discussing sensitive issues.
There are many different types of therapists and therapy, so if you’re unsure about your therapist or their approach, you can check in with another one.