Counselling and Psychotherapy is a type of talking therapy whereby the patient attends a regular, usually weekly, session with a counsellor to talk through what is on their mind and ultimately work through their existing problems. Often the patient finds that by talking to an impartial and trustworthy party, counselling provides a safe space in which to explore their feelings. With the help of the counsellor, these emotions and feelings can be constructively channelled to identify causes and find resolutions; or simply to have a sounding board dedicated solely to the patient to reveal their feelings where they may not have the space to do so otherwise in their own lives. Therapy can be for an individual but also couples or families.
There are various different types of counselling which follow different schools of thought and methods. These include; Psychoanalytic, Psychodynamic, Behavioural, Relationship and Family Therapy. All of these are based around weekly sessions, however the counsellor may invoke different methods and roles. It is important that the patient be allowed to explore different methods to find out which is best suited to their needs. Counselling can be used to treat a whole range of conditions such as anxiety and depression, low self-esteem, sadness, as well as coping with bereavement, redundancy or a breakdown of a relationship. At this point it is worth mentioning that the relationship between counsellor and patient can be an important part of the treatment, however not always essential, and the patient again must be allowed to explore different options of counsellors to see which suits best.
Counselling became well known in the 1950s, however research began with the famous Sigmund Freud in the late 19th century and has become increasingly popular in modern medical treatment, offered by the NHS, private practices, charities and the proliferation of counselling websites.
With the guidance of an experienced and trained UK counsellor or psychotherapist, a confidential, safe and supportive environment is provided. Whether online Skype counselling, telephone counselling or face to face, the client is given help to explore and identify key issues which may be at the root of their problems and to then develop goals in line with their ambitions. The professional UK therapist or psychotherapist will provide support and may offer stress management training to help clients manage their problems in a more effective way.
BACP Registered counsellors and therapists and UKCP Registered therapists will be bound by the Code of Ethics and Practice demanded by these professional bodies.
Counsellors and therapists offering help to those with addictions are listed below. Please read individual websites for further detail about whether the therapist has specific expertise in, for example, drugs, alcohol, smoking or gambling. In most cases they will also have broad based experience and can help with other issues.
Many experienced and qualified counsellors will be able to help in a variety of areas including addiction, and you may find someone more local in our other therapist listings for psychotherapy, counselling supervisors or general counselling. Patient confidentiality is essential as discussions tend to be of a sensitive nature so therapists are expected (and may be legally bound) to respect patient privacy. BACP Registered counsellors and therapists and UKCP Registered therapists will be bound by the Code of Ethics and Practice demanded by these professional bodies.
For more information about addiction problems, Wikipedia’s compulsive gambling and alcohol addiction pages may be useful.
The counsellors and therapists listed below offer help to those suffering from bereavement however in many cases the therapist will have wider experience and be able to help with other issues. Areas of bereavement can include the death of a loved one, family member, friend or pet. Many of the counsellors and therapists listed on other pages will have a browader range of experience and qualifications to help and you may find a therapist more locally by visiting our psychotherapy, counselling supervisors or general counselling pages.
Patient confidentiality is essential as topics can be of a sensitive nature so therapists are expected (and may be legally bound) to respect patient privacy. BACP Registered counsellors and therapists and UKCP Registered therapists will be bound by the Code of Ethics and Practice demanded by these professional bodies.
Wikipedia’s article of grief and grief counselling may be helpful to those who would like more information about grief and bereavement. As mentioned in the Wikipedia’s website, although grief is conventionally focused on the emotional response to loss, it also has physical, cognitive, behavioural, social, and philosophical dimensions. Counselling can therefore help to seek assistance to work through this process fully.
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