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Counselling and Mental Health

Counselling has been described as the art of listening constructively.

Most counsellors do not aim to influence their clients in a particular direction, but to help them explore the options open to them.

Counselling provides an opportunity for a client to work towards living a more satisfying and resourceful way.

Counselling can help a wide range of problems including:

Before a counselling session begins the counsellor should clarify with the client:

  • The basis on which counselling is to be given
  • The method
  • Duration
  • Fees

All that takes place between the counsellor and client is treated with respect, discretion and in confidence.

Many counsellors are members of the British Association for Counselling. The association aims to:

  • Promote the understanding and awareness of counselling throughout society
  • Increase the availability of trained and supervised counsellors
  • Maintain and raise standards of training and practice
  • Provide support for counsellors and those using counsellor skills
  • Provide opportunities for their continual professional development
  • Respond to requests for information and advice on matters related to counselling
  • Represent counselling at national and international levels

COUNSELLING IN EDUCATION

Counselling in Education is an organisation for anyone involved in any aspect of education:

  • Teachers and lecturers
  • Educational support workers
  • Youth and community workers
  • Advisors, administrators and inspectors
  • Educational psychologists

External Websites:

Counselling - NHS 

Mental Health - NHS 

Samaritans

Bullying UK

MIND

Head Scape Bexley

The Royal College of Psychiatrists

Cruse: Bereavement Counselling

Cyber Bullying & Substance Abuse


Children and young people aged 11-19 years old across South East London have access to an online counselling service. Visit kooth.com to read more and speak to a counsellor online


Videos from NHS:

Dr Stephen Pilling, a consultant clinical psychologist, describes the different talking therapies that can help people overcome a range of problems, from depression to stress.

Phils brother Simon has a mental illness. The brothers explain how mutual support has helped them to cope with the illness.