The Listening Ear


What is counselling?

Counselling is a treatment that involves talking to a trained professional about your feelings, thoughts, behaviour and any past events that are relevant to your mental health. It is often referred to as 'therapy', 'psychotherapy' or 'talking therapy'.

Counselling can:

  • Help you understand yourself and the way you think, feel and behave
  • Give you someone to talk to who won't judge you
  • Help you cope with or resolve unwanted feelings and thoughts
  • Help you find ways to change any unhelpful thinking patterns or habits

What can counselling help with?

Counselling can help you cope with and handle:

  • Perceived negative emotions, e.g.: anger, guilt or low self-esteem
  • Mental health problems, including depression and anxiety
  • Difficult life events e.g.: death of a loved one, divorce or losing your job
  • Relationship problems
  • Traumatic or upsetting experiences
  • Long-term physical health problems


Can I receive counselling alongside other treatments?

While counselling can help people cope with a variety of different problems on its own, it can be used alongside other forms of treatment such as mindfulness, medication or CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy).