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Counselling, does it work? How does it work?

On the surface, counselling appears to consist of a client talking with a counsellor about the clients problems and symptoms, which of course is valuable when taking place in a supportive, confidential environment.

However, the counselling process can facilitate other changes, that are often long lasting.

Advances in neuroscience now show us that our brains do not stop developing in childhood (as was once thought). Instead, we now know that some brain cells (neurons) continue to grow throughout our adult lives, making new neural connections and pathways. The brains ability to adapt, change and repair itself is known as neuroplasticity.

This is good news, as it means that by learning how to influence this process and practising different ways of thinking, creates and strengthens new pathways in the brain. This can support new, healthier ways of behaving, relating and responding to our environment, and reduce psychological distress.

As there is an established relationship between what we experience and how our brain functions, this means that how our brain functions determines how we respond to our environment because our thoughts determine how we feel, influencing our behaviour.

Counselling can help with a wide range of emotional problems and difficulties including:

Addiction(s)
Affairs and betrayals
Anger management
Anxiety
Bereavement
Bullying
Cancer
Career
Carer support
Child related issues
Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
Dementia
Depression
Disabilities
Domestic violence
Emotional abuse

Existential issues
Family issues
Feeling sad
Generalised anxiety disorder
HIV/AIDS
Infertility

Long term chronic illness

Long term chronic stress
Low self-confidence
Low self-esteem
Miscarriage
Physical abuse
Post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
Postnatal depression
Pregnancy and birth
Redundancy
Relationship issues
Seasonal affective disorder (SAD)
Separation and divorce
Sex problems
Sexual abuse
Sexuality
Spirituality
Stress
Trauma

Work issues
Work-related stress