How can talking therapies such as counselling and psychotherapy help you?

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Written by Emma Evans

August 2, 2023

The benefits of counselling and psychotherapy

Talking therapy can help people to deal with a wide range of issues, including:

  • Help people to manage mental health problems, such as anxiety, depression, and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) amongst other things.
  • Help people to cope with life changes, such as bereavement, divorce, or redundancy.
  • Help people to improve their relationships with their partners, family, and friends.
  • Help people to develop their self-awareness and to achieve their personal goals.

If you are considering any forms of talking therapy, it is important to find a therapist who is right for you. There are many different types of counselling and talking therapies, so it is important to find one that is tailored to your specific needs.

How to find a therapist

If you are considering counselling, there are a few things you can do to find a counsellor who is right for you.

  • Ask your doctor for a referral. Your doctor may be able to recommend a counsellor who is experienced in dealing with your specific issue. Sometimes, the waiting times can be long if you do decide to go along the NHS route, but the benefit is that NHS counselling is free.
  • Search online. When looking for a therapist, a website like ours is a great place to start! You can search by location, issue, and other criteria.
  • Ask your friends or family for recommendations. If you know someone who has had a positive experience with counselling, ask them for their recommendation! A personal recommendation of a good therapist is often a great way of finding someone good.

Once you have found a few potential therapists, it is important to schedule an initial chat with them. This will give you a chance to meet or talk with the therapist and to see if they are a good fit for you.

What to expect in therapy

Therapists are trained so that they understand that your sessions are a confidential. A properly qualified therapist will not share anything you say with anyone else without your permission.

The first few sessions of therapy will typically be spent getting to know you and your issue. The therapist will ask you questions about your history, your symptoms, and your goals.

As the therapy progresses, the therapist will help you to explore your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. They will also help you to develop coping skills and strategies to achieve your goals.

All therapy is a journey. It takes time to work through your issues and to see results. However, if you are patient and committed, counselling and psychotherapy can be a valuable tools for improving your mental health and well-being.

Please use the find a therapist function on this website to find someone that may be a good fit for you.

Alternatively, I am available for online sessions if you’d like to contact me directly.

Emma Evans – Director APHP & NRPC

Published : Aug 2, 2023