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Counselling is a way of helping you personally through difficult situations and times in your life. These may include bereavement, relationship guidance, addiction and health for example.

Counsellors offer the time, empathy and respect you need to express your own feelings and perhaps understand yourself from a different perspective. The aim is reduce your confusion and enable you to make positive changes in your life, and by building a trust with your counsellor.

A counsellor will build up a relationship and trust with you and encourage you to talk about the issues you feel cannot be discussed with others. Sometimes you may find that you will say nothing, but sometimes you may find that you will say things that you didn't expect to. A counsellor is there to help you explore your feelings not to offer advice as they cannot. But they can offer suggestions that they may have seen from their own experience. And they may sum up what you have said so that they can understand and help you move on to the next step.

Many people think that they are being strong in not seeking help, whereas in fact those who can admit to their difficulties could be considered the strong ones. Asking for counselling often mean you have taken the first difficult step on the road to resolving the problem.

Click here
to visit BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy) One of the UK's largest professional bodies for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

Click here to visit the Counselling Directory, where you can find information on counsellors in your area. The site also offers information and articles relating to many emotional disorders.

"When are you ready to live again? There is no list of events or anniversaries to check off. In fact, you are likely to begin living again before you realise you are doing it. You may catch yourself laughing. You may pick up a book for recreational reading again. You may start to play lighter, happier music. When you do make these steps toward living again, you are likely to feel guilty at first. "What right have I, you may ask yourself, to be happy when my child is dead?" And yet something inside feels as though you are being nudged in this positive direction. You may even have the sense that this nudge is from your child, or at least a feeling that your child approves of it."
Horchler and Morris 1994