We have launched our counselling service for the first time in MHAS’s history!
Counselling is a form of talking therapy with a qualified professional.
Sometimes, it’s hard to talk to our friends and family about how we are feeling. Counselling gives you a safe space to talk about how you are feeling and how things have affected you, whether that is recently or in the past.
Through the process of counselling, you will learn more about yourself and make sense of things better.
MHAS qualified counsellors are available to work through a range of emotional issues to help you get back on the path to recovery.
- Difficult life situations
- Relationship issues
- Long-term physical health problems
- Abuse (sexual/physical/emotional)
Can therapy help me?
Talking therapies can be very helpful on its own, or combined with medication.
Although it’s not guaranteed that talking therapy will work for you, it is worth trying different methods to improve your mental health and wellbeing.
Importantly, if a type of therapy doesn’t seem to suit your needs, remember that it’s not your fault.
What does therapy look like?
The counsellor will begin with an assessment to find out what you would like help with.
They will also explain what they do and how they can help you.
It’s mainly a chance for you to get to know the counsellor and ask questions you might have. If you become very emotional or find it hard to talk in the first session, don’t worry – it’s normal.
If you feel that counselling is helpful for you, you can book future sessions. They typically last between 1.5 hours – 2hours each time.
What I tell my counsellor – is it confidential?
Mostly Yes – your counsellor keeps everything private and will not be shared with anyone else.
However, there might be situations where the counsellor might need to tell someone else about their concerns for your safety. If you express thoughts of harming yourself or other people, they may ask someone for further help.
You aren’t in trouble – these types of thoughts are common when experiencing mental health problems. Your counsellor is there to help you and improve your mental health.
If you’re interested in counselling, find out more here on how to speak with a counsellor.