Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a counsellor than to relatives or friends. During therapy, a trained therapist listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you. The therapist will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It’s an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who’ll respect and encourage your opinions and the decisions you make. Often, you’ll talk one-to-one with the therapist.
Although there are many different types of therapy, they all have a similar aim: to make you feel better. Some people say that talking therapies don’t always make their problems go away, but they find it easier to cope with them and feel happier.
Some people use the terms ’counselling’ and ’psychotherapy’ interchangeably.There is much overlap between the two and, practitioners will want to be sure that what they offer is appropriate for you before there is any committment on either side; they will be happy to explain their approach to you.
Counselling and psychotherapy is a contractual arrangement by which a practitioner meets a client, in privacy and confidence, to explore distress the client may be experiencing. This may be a difficulty they are facing; their dissatisfaction with life; or loss of a sense of direction or purpose and many other things.
One of the aims of counselling is to guide us from feeling like victims of circumstances, to feeling like we have some control over our lives.
BACP Accredited Counsellors (The British Association for Counselling and Psychtherapy), have achieved a substantial level of training and experience approved by the Association. These practitioners will have the letters ’BACP’ as part of their qualification and registration.
All counsellors at HealthFirst Consulting are registered with BACP.