Individuals who attend counselling will find a supportive environment in which the counsellor will listen to them non-judgementally. Clients may choose to work with a counsellor who offers almost no direct advice and simply supports them in their own explorations, or they may choose to work with a counsellor who challenges them and teaches them particular techniques, which can help them meet their goals.


The reasons people come to counselling are as varied as people themselves. Often, clients have encountered distressing experiences or stressful situations which they’d like to talk about in a safe environment. These might include bereavement, separation, or other major life transitions, or experiences from the past, such as in childhood. Others seek help in dealing with specific psychological issues which they would like to change, such as compulsive thoughts or difficulties relating to people. Some may seek counselling to help them explore a general feeling that their lives are not quite right, or to cope with feelings of depression or anxiety. Still others look to counselling as part of their effort to discover or create meaning in their lives. Many people are attracted to counselling as an opportunity to undertake personal development in a supportive environment; it is not at all necessary to have a ‘problem’ to find counselling useful.