As the largest professional body representing counselling and psychotherapy in the UK, the British Association for Counselling & Psychotherapy, provide this definition:
‘Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a long or short term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’
We at Preston Counselling Assoicates believe that counselling is an effective ‘talking therapy’ that aims to help you to understand yourself and your difficulties. It is about promoting empowerment and a person’s ability to make independent choices and can help you to become aware of and guard against too much stress in your life.
Counselling is not advice giving or persuasion. Nor is it just a friendly chat.
Counselling enables you to work toward living in a way that you experience as more satisfying and resourceful.