We all have times when life gets on top of us, for whatever reason.
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to move towards a positive mental health recovery.
You may have received a diagnosis for anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD or an eating disorder. Our counsellors can work with people facing all kinds of challenges. Please see their individual profiles for more information.
Our counsellors are qualified, and all are registered with either BACP or UKCP. Both of these are professional organisations that have been accredited by the Professional Standards Authority (PSA) – this means they’ve met the PSA's required professional standards to practise.
Breathe counsellors work with several approaches, including Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), humanistic, person-centred, systemic and psychodynamic.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) therapists work with you, exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. They use tried and tested methods, such as behavioural experiments, journaling and thought challenging, to help you to develop a more helpful way of living.
Person-centred counsellors help free you to more confidently express your true feelings without fear of judgement. The counsellor avoids directly challenging your way of communicating in the session, in order to enable a deeper exploration of the issues important to you. The counsellor’s role is to create a facilitative, empathic environment where you can discover the answers for yourself.
Systemic counsellors help you to identify stagnant patterns of behaviour and to address those patterns directly, irrespective of where they come from. The counsellor’s role is to help you to develop new patterns together, taking on a new structure that allows personal growth and helps you to address current relationship patterns.
What to expect from counselling
At your appointment, you'll be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained therapist, who'll listen and support you without judging or criticising.
Your therapist can help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, and find your own solutions to problems. But they won't usually give advice or tell you what to do.
It can take a number of sessions before you start to see progress, but you should gradually start to feel better with the help and support of your therapist.
Phone us on 02920 440 191, text 07788 314975, or email firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll come back to you.
As well as individual, couples and family counselling, we offer workplace mental health support for your office, school, university or wherever you need it. We can run our bespoke programmes at your workplace or in our wellbeing studio.
If you need immediate help
Seek the advice and support of your GP as a matter of priority. If you are in distress and need immediate help but are unable to see a GP, visit your local A&E or call NHS Direct in Wales.
Samaritans offer emotional support 24 hours a day - in full confidence.
Call 116 123 - it's FREE.