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What does counselling involve?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy and involves talking about and working through personal problems with a qualified therapist. You can work with a counsellor through face-to-face sessions, individual or group sessions, over the phone with telephone counselling, or online. A counsellor isn’t there to tell you what to do. But they’ll encourage you to talk about anything that’s bothering you, in order to identify your specific ways of thinking. They’ll uncover any root triggers to negative feelings.

Is counselling the same as psychotherapy?

There are many similarities between these approaches to therapy, but there are also key differences. Focussing on the present and seeking to achieve management of issues, counselling can be more beneficial for people looking for short-term help. Psychotherapy on the other hand, explores the past as well as the present and seeks to find resolutions to – as opposed to management of – their issues.

Psychotherapy is more helpful for people experiencing long-term difficulties. Both counselling and psychotherapy aim to improve the lives of clients by exploring methods of managing and resolving internal issues, but they’re regulated by different authorities. The British Psychologist Society (BPS) is the governing body for counsellors, and the UK Council for Psychotherapists (UKCP) is for psychotherapists.

Counselling qualifications

Counsellors can obtain their training from a diploma course, or study counselling at undergraduate or postgraduate level. Whichever route is taken, professional counsellor training takes three to five years. To ensure that professionals are as experienced and reliable as possible, qualifying also requires a minimum number of client hours acquired through a work placement.
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Professional and affordable counselling services with qualified therapists across the Bristol area. All of our counsellors are UKCP Registered Psychotherapists and AFT Members, offering counselling across a wide range of issues. Our approach is primarily conversational, utilising a range of CBT, mindfulness and anxiety reduction techniques to help clients overcome the challenges they are facing.

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How can seeing a counsellor help?

As a professional counsellor, I encourage my clients to address their problems in a positive way. I do this by helping them to clarify the issues, develop self-help strategies, and increase self-awareness. As someone who is not connected to my client’s life in any way, I can provide a neutral and completely non-judgmental viewpoint. This enables clients to work through personal problems in a way that they are often not able to with friends or family. The process of discussing and talking through worries, concerns, or anxieties can help you come to terms with them, and to understand yourself more. As well as lending an empathetic ear, I can identify any negative thought cycles and associated behaviours.

What issues can be treated with counselling services?

People see counsellors for a variety of reasons, which are personal to the individual. These include mental health conditions, such as depression, anxiety and mood disorders, or after experiencing a life change or traumatic event. I can help with all of these, but I specialise in trauma and abuse counselling. A lot of my clients are students – student counselling is particularly common in Bristol, as an increased number of young and adolescent people are seeking help from counsellors.

What should I expect from counselling?

I usually encourage new clients to write down their reasons for seeking help through counselling. You can then bring this to your first session and we can use it as a starting point. Your first counselling or psychotherapy session marks the start of a journey, but the progress and any changes may take time to happen. I’m not here to judge you, and I won’t mind if you get upset during your sessions. As an experienced and qualified counsellor, I have worked with a variety of people on a range of personal issues.

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Your expert Counsellor will be able to advise you on the full range of services available and will be able to advise on what is most suitable. Use Bark to get free quotes and schedule an appointment today.

At your appointment, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained Counsellor who will listen and support you without judging or criticising.
The therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes and find your own solutions to problems. However, they will not usually give advice or tell you what to do. The Counsellor might sum up what they understand you have been saying so that they can help you to form a plan of action.

Counselling can take place in a number of ways. These include:

  • Face to face session

  • Group session

  • Phone session

  • Email session

  • Online through live chat services or video conferencing software

You may be offered a single session of Counselling, a short course of sessions over a few weeks or months or a longer course that lasts for several months or years.

It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your Counsellor.

You can be confident that any of the Bark local Counsellors listed will give you a reliable and efficient service to help you feel better.

You could look for Counsellors that are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) which means that they have met the PSA’s required professional standards to practise.

Before you choose a Counsellor, you could read testimonials and read details of the issues they can help with on their website.

You could also look at their profile page on Bark and check out reviews from past customers too.

Counselling can help with many issues. These include the following:

  • Mental health conditions such as depression, anxiety or eating disorders.

  • Physical health conditions such as infertility.

  • Difficult life events such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress.

  • Dealing with difficult emotions such as low self-esteem or anger.

  • Sexual identity issues.

  • Divorce.

  • Redundancy and work issues.

  • Phobias and fears.

Absolutely! Many Counsellors provide their services remotely via an online video call or the telephone. Not only is it more convenient, but it's also the preferable option for many people who would feel more comfortable holding the session from the comfort of their own home.

Reviews

4.98/5.00

based on 1,781 reviews

The average rating for Bark Counsellors in Bristol is 4.98, based on 1,781 reviews.

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