It's been a real challenge for everyone over the last year – you may feel like you're struggling generally or feel affected by all that's happened during the COVID-19 pandemic. Reaching out to talk to someone can be a really positive step to help your mental health and wellbeing.

What is counselling?

Counselling can give you a safe, non-judgmental and confidential space to chat to a skilled professional about your issues and concerns. Your counsellor will help you explore your thoughts, feelings and behaviours so you can develop a better understanding of yourself and others. They'll help you find your own solutions – whether that’s making changes in your life or finding ways of coping with problems.

How can counselling help?

People often choose to have counselling because they're experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. Counselling can help with a range of things, including dealing with depression and anxiety, coping with traumatic experiences, stress, and managing harmful emotions and behaviours. You don’t have to be in crisis to seek counselling.

How do you find someone to talk to? 

Although you may be able to see a counsellor through your GP or the NHS, from where you work or study, or through charities and voluntary services – you can pay to see a private BACP counsellor. This gives you a wider choice and you may be able to see someone quicker, perhaps for longer. 

Why choose a BACP member?

Anyone can call themselves a counsellor or psychotherapist, so it’s important you choose a therapist who’s listed on a Professional Standards Authority accredited register – such as the BACP register. Choosing a BACP-registered counsellor gives you an assurance that they meet the standards of proficiency, training and ethical practice you would expect.

Find a BACP member who can help you using our Therapist directory.