What is counselling?
Counselling is a safe and confidential space where you can talk to a trained professional about your problems and worries. Your counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.
A counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice or prescribe medication. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems. You are the expert in yourself.
Counselling mostly takes place in planned, regular sessions that last about 50 minutes. How often you see your therapist and how many appointments you have, will depend on your personal circumstances, and will be agreed between you and your therapist.
During a session, your therapist may take you through specific exercises designed to help with your problem, or you might have more general discussions about how you're feeling. What you talk about will be up to you.
The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy - the BACP - is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK. Their definition of counselling states that 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 and/or enhance their wellbeing.
A counsellor is there to facilitate a safe space for you, the client. They are not a doctor, they aren't there to 'fix' anything; they are there to listen to you -with empathy and without passing judgment, helping you to make sense of all the often conflicting thoughts in your head. The counsellor has no agenda and the therapeutic hour is yours to use as you see fit, in order to get what you need from your counselling session.
At Muma Nurture, we are keeping up to date with the latest advice in this ever-changing situation and, although we can't (wo-)man our office, we are still offering our services online.
If you have any questions about counselling or how we can help, please contact Muma Nurture and we’ll arrange for you to talk to one of our qualified counsellors - by phone or video chat.
We are here to help.