What is Counselling?

Counselling gives you the time and space to talk about your feelings and problems in a safe and confidential setting. It can help if you are feeling depressed, isolated or afraid. It helps you to gain a clearer understanding of yourself and your situation. It is not always easy or comfortable and perhaps the hardest part to come to terms with is the fact that you have to do most of the work yourself. Your counsellor will help support you and guide you, but cannot do the work for you. They do not give 'advice' or tell you what to do, but they will support you in deciding what is best for you.

There are no easy answers to the problems that abuse brings, and sometimes it may feel like things are getting worse before they get better, but you must always try to remember that, in time, things will improve.

Counselling can help you to accept your feelings and show you that expressing this emotion does not mean you are 'going mad.' Your counsellor will help you to express how you feel in safe and appropriate ways.

Feelings often bring pain. Counselling does not mean you will always feel total happiness, and it does not mean that you will be able to forget about the abuse that you have suffered. What it does offer you is the understanding to accept your past, to find ways to live with it, and to move on with less acute pain.

As you go through counselling, you will begin to feel differently about yourself, your life and relationships. You may well decide to make changes. Your counsellor will never put you under pressure to do this - counselling is about you deciding what is right for you - when the time is right.
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