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Depending on the nature of the problem, and also the person requiring talking therapy, CBT may not be the most helpful approach for changing how you feel.

If your problems are more about relationships, or about adjusting to difficult events in your life, then counselling may be a more helpful intervention.

What is Counselling?

Counselling is another form of talking therapy which is provided by trained and qualified counsellors. It involves attending one-to-one sessions and can include talking about both present and past issues.

Counselling gives you time and space to talk about your troubles, and explore difficult feelings, to help you bring about effective change in your life, or improve your wellbeing.

The Steps to Wellbeing Services offer counselling as a short-term therapy (usually up to eight sessions). Your counsellor will do their best to help you look at your problems and to find the right course of action for you: either to help you solve your problems or to help you find ways of coping better day-to-day.

What Types of Counselling do Steps to Wellbeing Services offer?

In addition to counselling as outlined above, Steps to Wellbeing Services also offer several other more specialised types of counselling. These include Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Interpersonal Psychotherapy (IPT), Couple Therapy for Depression, and Counselling for Depression. These are explained in more detail below.

DIT is a form of brief psychodynamic psychotherapy developed for treating depression. It can help people with emotional and relationship problems. It explores difficult things in the past that continue to affect the way people feel and behave in the present. It is also referred to as psychoanalytic psychotherapy.

IPT is a time-limited and structured therapy. Its central idea is that psychological symptoms, such as depressed mood, can be understood as a response to current difficulties in relationships, and affect the quality of those relationships. Typically, IPT focuses on conflict with another person, life changes that affect how you feel about yourself and others, grief and loss, or difficulty in starting or keeping relationships going.

Couple Counselling for Depression is a nationally recognised training which is provided by Steps to Wellbeing Services in Dorset, and is a particular type of counselling that has been developed to help people suffering from depression, where depression is the closely linked to the relationship problems.

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Introduction to Counselling
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The Counselling Assessment
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What to expect from your first counselling session
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Counselling for Depression
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Couples Counselling
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Dynamic Interpersonal Counselling
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