What is Counselling?

Counselling is an effective way to help you feel better. Counselling allows you to deal with negative feelings or behaviours and overcome your issues. It’s a talking therapy that allows you to talk about your problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment. Some people say that talking therapies don’t make their problems go away, but they find it easier to cope with them and feel happier. 

HappinessA Counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have. Counselling is usually a series of one to one, preferably face to face, sessions on a weekly basis for about 50minutes at a time. There are other forms of Counselling too such as Couples Counselling and Family Counselling where two or more people meet with the Counsellor to talk about their problems and overcome their issues.

You’re not alone – Counselling has become normal for many people in the UK with 28% of people having seen a counsellor at some time and 69% of people think the world would be a better place if people talked about their feelings more. Men are now turning to Counselling more and more to get help manage their feelings and to work in confidence to improving their lives.

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How does Counselling help?

Counselling helps you deal with issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable or unhappy. It provides a safe and regular space for you to talk and explore difficult feelings. The Counsellor is there to support you and respect your views. They generally don’t give advice or tell you how to ‘fix the problem’, but they do help you find your own insights into the issues and gain a better understanding of your problems in a more constructive way.

Sometimes it’s easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. During your session your counsellor listens to you and helps you find your own answers to problems, without judging you.

HappinessIt’s quite common to get a real sense of relief that finally you can talk about your issues without being judged and having a sympathetic ear. Counselling can involve talking about difficult or painful feelings and this can be hard sometimes. A Counsellor will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It’s an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who will respect you and your opinions.

With the help and support of your Counsellor, you should gradually start to feel better not just in the sessions but in the long term too. In most cases, it takes several months of sessions before the Counselling really starts to make a long term and sustainable difference, and a regular ongoing commitment is required to get the best results from Counselling. After all it probably took a long time to start feeling the way you do so it will take a little while to really start feeling better.

What can Counselling help with?

Counselling helps with anything causing you emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable or unhappy. It work just as well whether you’re old or young, male or female, black or white, gay or straight, rich or poor. Your educational background makes no difference either.

The more common areas are:

  • Relationships, marriages and couples
  • Families
  • Children and teenagers
  • Depression and low mood
  • Bereavement and grief
  • Anxiety
  • Panic Attacks
There can be many issues that’s making you feel unhappy or causing you pain. These can be work related such as stress or redundancy, your sex life or sexual identity, feeling confident and boosting your self-esteem, helping you set and achieve your goals, understand your interactions with others and ultimately to understand and feel good about yourself.

Talking therapy is for anyone who’s going through a bad time or has emotional problems they can’t sort out on their own. For many adults Counselling is often more effective than medication.

Counselling helps you deal with issues that are causing emotional pain or making you feel uncomfortable or unhappy.

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Pretty soon you’ll wish you’d started sooner!

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What to expect

In your first session your Counsellor will walk you through the counselling process and ‘Contract for Counselling’. This explains what happens in the sessions, the boundaries, confidentiality, supervision and what to do if you have concerns. You may also be asked to complete a simple assessment form that helps describe your feelings. This assessment may be repeated occasionally to help understand your progress.

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After this you’ll start talking more about your issues and feelings in as much or as little detail as you want. You may decide not to bring ‘everything’ into your first session or you may decide open up about all the issues you face, it’s up to you. Your Counsellor will start to understand your challenges more and will start to get some insights into you. You’ll also start to understand more about how your Counsellor works and some insight into what you can expect. Sessions can be challenging, fun, sad, frustrating and feeling a range of emotions is common. Remember that one session is rarely like another and it’s all a process working towards finding your happiness.

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Not quite sure?

Many people are nervous when they start to think about counselling and this is perfectly normal. Let’s face it, of the one in five people in the UK who have had counselling it’s likely that most of them were unsure at the beginning. Following millions of people into counselling means you’re not alone in getting some help; more often it’s the first positive step to feeling better.

If you’re starting to feel like you need some help, you’re struggling to resolve some issues or some aspect of your life, you need someone helpful to talk to, someone who wont judge and is trained in supporting and helping; then counselling is certainly worth considering.


Two of the most common reactions to counselling are:
“I wish i’d started sooner!” or “it felt like a weight had been lifted”. If you think you might want to feel like this then why not give it a go. At Novo Counselling we have a ‘First Session Guarantee’ so you’ve really nothing to lose!

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Why come to Novo Counselling?

When thinking about counselling you need a Counsellor you can trust from a reputable organisation. At Novo Counselling we’re here to help! We’re not a charity or run by the NHS and we like to think we’re a little different. We’re professional, ethical and efficient but we never lose sight that it’s your life and your choice. We offer you comfort and security whilst supporting you through what can be a very emotional and challenging time.

There are plenty of reasons to choose Novo Counselling and here are just some:

  • Number One Private Counselling Practice in South East London.
  • We hand pick our Counsellors based on their qualifications, skills and experience and promote continuous professional development.
  • Our clinical supervision ensures our clients always get the best support possible.
  • We offer a tiered service offering affordability and excellence.
  • We have specialist Counsellors supporting a broad range of therapeutic needs.

With Novo Counselling being a private Counselling practice, you get the benefit of easy access to support, regular repeating appointments, a commitment to you and your emotional well being, no waiting lists and confidence in our ethical practice.

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