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People find counselling helpful for different reasons including, but not limited to,
It will usually start with quite boring admin, like filling in the necessary forms with your personal details. We'll also ask you to talk a bit about why you're coming to counselling and what you hope to get out of it.
Additionally, initial assessments are a chance for you to check if we're the right fit for you. You might want to ask:
It may be worth writing your questions down and bringing them with you; it's easy to forget them once you're actually in there.
Defined by the NHS, "Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT) is a talking therapy that can help you manage your problems by changing the way you think and behave."
It is one of the most effective treatments for conditions where anxiety or depression is the main problem. It is the most effective psychological treatment for moderate and severe depression and can be as effective as antidepressants.
However, it can also be used to treat several other mental health challenges. For more information about how CBT works, click here to visit NHS online.
Sometimes talking to a friend can be helpful, and counsellors often encourage clients to speak with their family and friends. However, there are some disadvantages to using friends as your only confidants and support. Learn more about the differences between talking with your counsellor and a friend.