Counselling is a talking therapy.  

Counselling provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others. 

A counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice or prescribe medication. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems. 

During a session, your counsellor may take you through specific exercises designed to help with your problem, or you might have more general discussions about how you're feeling. What you talk about will vary depend on what you want help with. It could include: 

  • your relationships 
  • your childhood 
  • your feelings, emotions or thoughts 
  • your behaviour 
  • past and present life events 
  • situations you find difficult 

Your counsellor will listen to you without judgment and help you explore your thoughts and emotions. They may offer information, but they won’t tell you what you should think or do. 

What you talk about in you sessions will stay between you and the counsellor unless you or someone you know is in danger. If this is the case then your counsellor will be talking to the safeguarding team in college so they can help you to be safe. It is also your choice if you wish to attend counselling sessions.  

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