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Counselling and Talking Therapy

Mental Health Awareness week in the UK (14 – 20 May) was aimed at highlighting mental health issues and the benefits of engaging with someone about issues of concern. Many people of my age (born in the early 1960s) were brought up to hide their true feelings, the so-called ‘stiff upper lip’ approach. To do otherwise was seen as a sigh of weakness.


Thankfully, five decades on, there is a different approach with people now being actively encouraged to discuss their feelings, if not with a loved one then perhaps a mental health professional.


If you prefer the latter – and many people do prefer to discuss their issues with someone who doesn’t know them and, therefore, won’t pre-judge them – ‘talking therapy’ involves a trained mental health counsellor listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with issues that affect you.


Talking therapy can help with issues such as:

  • Depression, stress and anxiety
  • Bereavement
  • Low self-esteem
  • Suicidal thoughts


You are encouraged to discuss your feelings with a trained and fully qualified therapist who will listen and provide support without making any judgements about you as a person.

Although the therapist shouldn’t give advice or tell you what you should be doing, they can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and help identify solutions to the issues you face.


What type of therapy takes place is really down to you. You can have:

  • Face-to-face on an individual basis
  • In a group
  • By telephone
  • By email or text
  • On-line e.g. live ‘chat’

The number of therapy sessions is also down to you. While some therapists may recommend a minimum number, you don’t have to agree to this – it’s your choice.


A question I’m often asked in hypnotherapy is how soon there will be a noticeable difference. Again, there is no definitive answer to this as everyone is different. Some people need just a couple of sessions while some need several. The important thing is that talking therapy can make a huge positive change to your life.


Sometimes, just talking is enough to save a life.

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