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Counselling

What is Counselling and what can it offer you?

Have you ever sat and poured your heart out to a friend, and they’re on your side, telling you what you should do, but it doesn’t help? Or you go away feeling better but it only lasts until you get home, and then you feel just as lost and alone with the problem as before?

Counselling is so much more than like ‘having a chat with a friend, that you pay for’, as I heard someone describe it. Counselling can hold you in a crisis and help you to heal, but it has a lot more to offer than crisis management.

Exeter Counselling and Wellbeing Services offers you a place to share your feelings, to explore what’s causing you pain and distress, and to find ways to change or manage those things that are weighing you down or holding you back.

Everyone should try counselling, it really helped me to unravel some of the things that had kept me stuck in a bad place for years.’

Life can also throw us a curveball: the loss of a loved one through bereavement or divorce, redundancy, a traumatic incident/accident, a difficult teenager. In fact, any major life change like starting a family or becoming a carer for a loved one, has the potential to knock us sideways and leave us feeling lost and bewildered. Long term struggles around things like anxiety, relationships or traumatic events, can impact us and hold us back from living the life we want to.

The therapy that I provide is tailored to your needs, personality and circumstances, and is skilfully drawn from across a range of different approaches. But whatever theories and techniques are used, the most important element for therapeutic change is a trusting relationship with your counsellor. Counselling is a collaborative process, helping you to work through what is troubling you and helping you to find a better way of being.