What is Counselling?

Counselling is when a patient and Counsellor make time to discuss the difficulties in the patient’s life; this includes talking about their feelings and emotions. This helps the patient see their problems in a different way, focussing on a positive change. Counselling can be long term or short term; this is dependent on you and your Counsellor. Counselling is strictly confidential, so nothing that is said in the session is ever heard by others.

Things to bear in mind before your first appointment

Spend some time preparing for what you might what to talk about at the appointment and what you hope to gain from it.

The consultation

This session is to find out the concerns of the patient and figure out a way to help the patient. The Counsellor will also discuss the personal history of the patient, and also the reasons for coming to a Counselling appointment and what you aim to achieve by coming to Counselling. At the end of the first appointment the Counsellor will often diagnose the patient, however, the Counsellor may not always share this information with you – but as their patient you have a right to know if you wanted to. You will also speak with your Counsellor about a plan for you.

What you will talk about?

What you mainly talk about during your session will differ from person to person, but the Counsellor will discuss your symptoms, e.g. mood, anxiety. They will also discuss the issues you are having and try and help you deal with them. Using specific techniques, the Counsellor will make and help you look at your problems in a different perspective. At the end of the session you are able to give feedback to the Counsellor about how you feel the session went.


Nothing in this website should be taken as a claim to treat any specific condition.