Talking Therapy

And Counselling

What Are Talking Therapies?

Talking therapies are treatments which involve talking to a trained professional about your thoughts, feelings and behaviour.

What Should They Aim To Do?

There are many different types of talking therapy, but they all aim to:

  • give you a safe time and place to talk to someone who won't judge you
  • help you make sense of things and understand yourself better
  • help you resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them
  • help you recognise unhelpful patterns in the way you think or act, and find ways to change them (if you want to)
What Can Therapy Help With?

Therapy can help you manage and cope with:

  • Difficult life events, such as bereavement (losing someone close to you), or losing your job
  • Relationship problems
  • Upsetting or traumatic experiences, whether it's something recent or something that happened a long time ago
  • Difficult emotions, such as grief, guilt, sadness, confusion, anger and low selfesteem
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Other mental health problems. Talking therapies can help with a range of diagnoses, and specific talking treatments have been developed for some mental health problems
  • Long-term physical health problems

Some people think that therapy is an extreme option, and that unless things get really bad you should try to manage on your own. But this isn't true. It's ok to try therapy at any point in your life, whatever your background.

In fact getting support from a therapist when you're not at crisis point can be really helpful – it might feel easier to reflect on what's going on, and could help you keep things from getting worse.

For me, counselling was a lifesaver. I never used to talk to anyone. For years, I would keep things bottled up and then cry hysterically on my own as to not inconvenience anyone. I would hide it so I wouldn’t have to confront my thoughts and fears.
Could Therapy Work For Me?

Talking therapies have been shown to work well for many people. And some types of therapy are recommended by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as evidence-based treatments for particular mental health problems (such as cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) for depression and anxiety, and dialectical behaviour therapy (DBT) for borderline personality disorder.)

But it's difficult to say whether a particular therapy will work well for you or not because it depends on lots of factors, including:

  • what you want help with
  • your relationship with your therapist
  • your feelings about therapy generally
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