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.
If you are feeling very distressed, despairing or suicidal and need immediate help please contact your GP and request an emergency appointment, contact the Samaritans on 116 123, or go to your nearest Accident and Emergency Department.
If your GP surgery is not open, you can contact the NHS Out of Hours Medical Service on 111. NHS 111 is available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Calls are free from landlines and mobile phones. You should use the NHS 111 service if you urgently need medical help or advice but it's not a life-threatening situation. If you feel at harm to yourself or from other – go straight to your nearest Accident and Emergency.
If you are concerned that someone else is very distressed and might be considering suicide please encourage them to contact their GP and make an emergency appointment. Alternatively you might wish to encourage them to speak to the Samaritans on 116 123.
If you are concerned that someone is about to act on thoughts of hurting themselves you might wish help them attend the nearest Accident and Emergency Department. Alternatively, you may choose to contact the Police on 999.
Similarly, if you become concerned that someone is at risk of hurting somebody else
If you feel you need to talk to someone in confidence, the Samaritans are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week on:
Tel: 116 123
(TEXT MESSAGE ONLY number available on 07725 909090)
There are also local Samaritans branches across Hampshire and Dorset.