What does a counsellor do?

A counsellor provides a safe, supportive and confidential space in which to help you to look at problems you are facing, in a non-judgemental way.

The work may focus on a specific problem like depression, anxiety or bereavement, or on a decision, crisis or conflict. The counsellor will help you to find ways to tackle them and to better use your existing resources and skills to solve life's problems.

Acceptance and respect for the client are essential for the counsellor and as the relationship develops, the trust between the client and counsellor builds, enabling the client to look at different aspects of their life, relationships and themselves which they may not have considered before. The counsellor may help the client to look at the options open to them and to find an area in which it would be possible to make some change as a start. The counsellor's work is not about giving advice or directing clients to take a particular course of action, but to enable them to find a better way of dealing with their situation.