You don’t have to have a specific problem to benefit from counselling. Many people use it to gain a greater understanding of themselves and how they got to be the people they are. This often helps people to make changes in their lives or to come to terms better with things they can’t or don’t want to change … in themselves, their families or society.
Other people find that counseling allows them to explore a particular difficulty in depth. Focusing on the underlying causes of some problems as well as their impact on the present can be important in deciding how best to move forward.
Counselling is less structured and directive than CBT. It can be especially helpful in exploring and coming to terms with difficult life circumstances, or at times when you feel in need of some emotional support or just someone to talk to.
Difficulties counseling can help you with include: bereavement, redundancy, retirement, post natal depression, past abuse, adoption issues, exploring your gender identity and/or sexual preferences