Counselling is a confidential process which allows you, the client, to explore whatever is troubling you in a private, quiet environment with a professionally qualified counsellor.
A counsellor is non-judgemental and can help you to cope during a difficult time in your life whether that is due to a specific issue, relationship problem or crisis.
Counselling can offer insight and understanding of your feelings, thoughts and behaviour and when this is achieved, changes can develop (if necessary) to help you cope more effectively.
The BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) definition of counselling and psychotherapy is:
"Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing."
Counselling is a talking therapy and there are many different modalities and types of counselling. However, all modalities should prescribe to providing a confidential environment to a client.
Counsellors are empathic and non-judgemental, rarely offering advice as their role is to be able to listen to the client and understand their processes, feelings, thoughts and behaviours.
My modality of counselling is Humanistic. Read more about Humanistic Counselling here.