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Debbie Keenan

Integrative Psychotherapist and  Counsellor, MBACP
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Member of The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy.

BACP is the professional association for members of the counselling professions in the UK

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What is counselling?

Therapy provides a safe and confidential space for you to talk to a trained professional about your issues and concerns. Your therapist will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and of others.

A counsellor will not give you their opinions or advice or prescribe medication. They will help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making effective changes in your life or finding ways of coping with your problems.

What happens in counselling?

 

Counselling can take different forms depending on your needs and what type of therapy may be suitable.

 

Most therapy takes place in planned, regular sessions which last for around 50 minutes. How often you see your therapist and how many appointments you have will depend on your individual circumstances, and will be agreed between you and your therapist.

You might see a counsellor on your own, as a couple or family, or in a group with people who have similar issues. You might meet them face to face in their home, offices or clinic, or talk to them online or over the telephone.

During a session, your therapist may take you through specific interventions designed to help with your problem, or you might have more general discussions about how you're feeling. What you talk about will vary depend on what you want help with and the therapist’s approach. It could include:

  • your relationships

  • your childhood

  • your feelings, emotions or thoughts

  • your behaviour

  • past and present life events

  • situations you find difficult

 

Your therapist will be impartial but understanding. They will listen to you without judgment and help you explore your thoughts and emotions. They may offer information, but they won’t tell you what you should think or do.

For more information visit the BACP website at www.bacp.co.uk

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