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What is Counselling?

Counselling is the skilled and principled use of relationship to facilitate self- knowledge, emotional acceptance and growth and the optimal development of personal resources. The overall aim is to provide an opportunity to work towards living more satisfyingly and resourcefully. Counselling relationships will vary according to need but may be concerned with developmental issues, addressing and resolving specific problems, making decisions, coping with crisis, developing personal insights and knowledge, working through feelings of inner conflict or improving relationships with others. The counsellor's role is to facilitate the clients work in ways that respect the client's values, personal resources and capacity for self-determination.


There are many reasons people seek out counselling, mostly because they want positive change. Counselling can cover:

  • Grief and loss
  • Anxiety and depression
  • Career issues
  • Health concerns
  • Marital problems
  • Life transitions
  • Difficult life events
  • Self discovery