What to expect from counselling?
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
- by email
- 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 counseling 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.