Rita Cleary Counselling
Bounds Green, North London

Today: 22/9/2017   Last Updated: 25/11/2014

About Counselling

If you are considering counselling or therapy for the first time, you may be wondering what it's all about and how it can help. The British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) gives the following 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 short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’


What Conditions Can it Help?

Once again, BACP gives an explanation of what can bring someone into therapy.

"Usually individuals choose to have therapy because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. Sometimes people can be isolated but at other times, even where an individual has the most supportive family and friends, they can find it difficult if not impossible to explain why, for example, they may be feeling anxious and or depressed. Or it may be easier to talk about personal, family, or relationship issues with a person who is independent of friends and family.

Other life issues and events which can be very difficult to deal with include bereavement, divorce, redundancy, health issues, bullying and so on. However, you do not have to be in crisis or on the verge of one, before choosing to have therapy. You may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in your life and spirituality. All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to therapy."


What Benefits can be Expected?

Therapy offers the opportunity to talk in confidence to a trained practioner about any of the issues above and more. The process could help you

  • feel better about yourself
  • feel more at peace, more comfortable, or more secure in the world
  • better connect with others and improve relationships
  • reduce stress
  • identify goals that would support the kind of life you want to have.
  • gain a better understanding of your own thoughts and feelings






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