WHAT IS THERAPY?
Counselling is a talking therapy that is focused on supporting you to identify challenges you are having throughout life by talking through them and learning ways to cope.
Talking therapies helps us to understand and make positive changes to our thinking, behaviour, feelings, relationships and emotional well-being. Talking about our thoughts, feelings and issues is an important way of dealing with them.
Why is therapy different to talking with family / friends? Our friends and family can often help us, but sometimes we may need the help of a professional therapist as they are trained to listen carefully and they will help you to find your own answers.
HOW CAN THERAPY HELP?
Talking therapies can help people who are distressed by difficult events from the past or present, people with mental health issues or people who want to understand themselves better.
Talking therapies can help with depression, anxiety, obsessions, panic, phobias and relationship issues. They can help with grief and other emotions such as anger or shame. Talking therapies can also help with chronic physical conditions, alcohol, smoking, drug and gambling issues, along with complex mental health issues.
HOW DO I KNOW IF I NEED THERAPY?
Issues are negatively affecting your life, work & relationships.
You might feel like you have too many things to do or too many issues to cope with.
Current issues have caused your quality of life to decrease.
You are loosing hope or motivation, feeling as though you have no future can indicate depression or another mental health condition.
It's normal to worry from time to time but when worry takes up a significant part of your day or causes physical symptoms, therapy can help you deal with it.
Fatigue can cause you to sleep more than usual or have trouble getting out of bed in the morning.
Everyone feels angry at times. Even passing rage isn't necessarily harmful but seeking support to deal with these feelings may be a good idea when they don't pass or if they lead you to take violent or potentially harmful actions.
WHAT IS THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN CLIENT & THERAPIST?
The relationship you and your therapist develop together will have a major impact on how much talking therapy will help you solve your issues and make positive changes in your life.
At first you may find it hard to talk about your private life with a therapist. Many people feel nervous when they try something new. It helps to think of your therapist as a caring person who you can trust and who has an objective point of view. Therapists are trained professionals who won’t judge you or tell anyone else what you talk about.
Therapy is a partnership. Like any relationship with another person, successful therapy depends on open, honest communication. A good relationship is based on trust, respect, a willingness to listen to each other, and a commitment to work together even when this feels difficult.
A therapist is not there to tell you what to do or solve your issues for you. However, they will work with you to develop any skills and knowledge that you need to deal with your issues. A therapist is a professional and is not in any way a friend who can be contacted outside of therapy sessions.
WHAT SHOULD I KNOW BEFORE THERAPY?
Think about what you want to get out of therapy?
Think about how you will know if the therapy is working for you?
Make a commitment to attending your therapy sessions – if for any reason you can’t make a session, let your therapist know as soon as possible.
Your therapist will tell you what to expect from therapy and guide you through each session so don't set high expectations upon yourself.