At your appointment, you’ll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained therapist, who’ll listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they won’t usually give advice or tell you what to do – they will help you explore and move forwards at your own pace.
Counselling can take place:
- face to face
- in a group
- over the phone
- online through live chat services (learn more about online tools for mental health)
It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your therapist. You can be offered a single session of counselling to let you experience the client/therapist relationship, a short course of sessions over a few consecutive weeks or months, or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.
What can psychological therapies help with?
You don’t need to have a diagnosed mental health problem to refer yourself to an NHS psychological therapies service.
You may be:
- having panic attacks
- struggling with flashbacks and nightmares
- feeling low and hopeless
Perhaps you’re finding it hard to cope with work, life or relationships.
Other things that psychological therapies can help with include:
- constant worrying
- obsessive thoughts or behaviours
- fear of social situations
- constant worry about your health
We offer the following programmes – sessions can be discussed dependant on need:
- Cognitive analytic therapy
- Cognitive behaviour therapy
- Dialectical behaviour therapy
- Family therapy
- Group therapy
- Interpersonal therapy
- Mentalisation-based therapy
- Motivational interviewing
- Psychodynamic psychotherapy