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What Is Counselling?

How to get the most out of counselling: ‘Therapy’ and ‘counselling’ are often used interchangeably, and ‘counselling’ can be used to refer to a wide range of talking therapies, but it is also a therapeutic approach in its own right.

Although most people seek a counsellor because of a current issue in their life, counselling can help you look at your emotions more generally, including how your past experiences may have shaped the way you live your life now.

Counselling is often a short-term, practical and goal-oriented approach and is seen as a preventative measure for you, a form of self-care in managing your difficult feelings before they become unmanageable.

How Does Counselling Work?: Counsellors are trained to listen closely to you without judgement about your feelings, your thoughts and your fears. They will help you find solutions for the issues that are troubling you, without telling you what to do.

Different counsellors specialise in different issues, and it may be useful for you to look for a counsellor with specific knowledge of your difficulty.

Counselling can be practiced with individuals, couples, families and groups. It can take place weekly or less frequently, depending on your needs and the style of your counsellor, and most sessions will last for 50 minutes.

Therapy Issues That Counselling Deals With

What to expect from counselling: Aside from therapy practices such as HQ Therapy Rooms you can access counselling through the NHS, either via your GP or by referring yourself directly to a local service.

We want you to feel able to discuss any questions or worries with your therapist. This is important in order for you to progress in your therapy.

***If you feel you need some help with getting therapy contact us using the form at the bottom of this page and someone will guide you through the process.***

These are some of the additional therapy issues we deal with that are closely related to counselling.

Counsellors Working at HQ Therapy

How can counselling help me?: Working with a counsellor can help with a whole range of diagnosed mental health conditions as well as physical and emotional problems, behavioural disorders and sex and human sexuality issues.

Below is a selection of our current fully trained counsellors who are available to work with clients who are experiencing therapy issues that we deal with related to counselling using an extensive span of techniques.

Choosing the right therapist is an important decision for you and it is important that you work with the right practitioner and that both feel comfortable working together.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why Should I Seek Counselling?

Many people, new to this type of help, believe that they need to be suffering from “mental illness” or serious “psychological problems”, or be in crisis in order for therapy and counselling to be appropriate for them. This is a common misconception; anyone can benefit from therapy when it comes to helping you deal with your personal feelings and problems, make positive changes in your life, and understand yourself better.

So what is therapy and counselling? If you’re new to this world then the first steps can sometimes be the most difficult. Therapy can be a very effective treatment for a whole range of personal problems covering areas from physical and emotional problems, different types of behavioural disorders, through to human sexuality issues and a host of wellbeing and complementary therapy techniques.

Any problem you have that is causing you concern, anxiety or distress is a valid and appropriate reason to reach out and find a therapist and talk to them about it. Far from something to be ashamed of, acknowledging your vulnerability and asking for help is a sign of maturity and strength.

If you feel that you have a desire and are committed to making changes in your life in order to overcome your current problems and achieve more long-term satisfaction, psychological wellbeing and personal fulfilment, then you are ready to seek therapy. We are here to help you work through a wide range of therapy issues that might be troubling you.

Will Information About Me Be Safe & Secure?

It is quite normal to be hesitant when it comes to sharing private and intimate information about yourself with a stranger. You may fear that you will receive judgment from your therapist, or that your therapist will share your details with others.

HQ Therapy Rooms takes your privacy and confidentiality very seriously. Our therapists are required to keep everything said in therapy sessions between you, just like your doctor is required to keep your records private.

For therapy to be effective, there must be unconditional trust built between you and your therapist, and this relies on a shared understanding of confidentiality. It applies to the outside world as well: it is standard practice for therapists not to acknowledge their clients if they run into them outside of the therapy rooms in order to help protect their client’s confidentiality. Read our full privacy policy for more information.

Can I Contact You For Advice About Getting Therapy?

Talking about your thoughts and feelings with a supportive therapist can often make you feel better and help you face your problems. It feels good to be listened to and to know that someone cares about you and wants to help. It is important that you find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable and can build a trusting relationship to help you make positive changes in your life.

But how do you know what type of therapy is right for you? Taking the first steps in finding the right therapist can be the biggest hurdle for newcomers, so we have made it easy. Simply get in touch with us using the form below or give us a call at 0203 997 9229 and one of our fully qualified referral therapists can work with you to make sure you connect with the right practitioner and receive the correct therapy and counselling services you require.

However, if you feel you are ready to start therapy straight away then click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with a fully qualified therapist, or if you are struggling financially click HERE to book an initial therapy assessment with one of our Low-Cost therapists.

Our practitioners deal with a wide range of therapy issues using different types of therapy modalities tailored to the types of clients we work with. We also cater for people who are beset with financial difficulties, offering them services ranging from low-cost therapy and reduced-rate therapy to working with seasoned, qualified and accredited talking therapists.