*Please note that the words 'therapist' and 'therapy' include 'consellor/psychotherapist' and 'counselling/psychotherapy'.
Therapy offers you a safe, confidential place to talk about your life or give expression to anything that may be difficult, confusing, painful, uncomfortable, or preventing you from fully engaging in daily life. It allows you to work with someone who is trained to listen attentively and to help you improve or stabilize things.
Key fact sheet 1 explains more about what therapy should be like and what therapists should do.
Therapy is a very personal process. Sometimes it is necessary to talk about painful feelings or difficult decisions, so you may go through a period of feeling worse than when you started. However, therapy should enable you to feel more capable in the long-run.
If you do experience a period of feeling worse, talk to your therapist about it right away to ensure you get the best out of your therapy.
Client information sheet 1 gives you further guidance on how to make the most of your therapy.
Usually it will take a number of sessions before therapy starts to make a difference. However on rare occasions, a single session may be enough.
Therapy doesn’t work for everybody. It is not a universal cure-all. Because you may be working through very personal and often painful matters, it can sometimes be difficult to keep going. Despite this, it is often worth the effort as together you find ways to work through problems.
Therapists come from a wide range of backgrounds and cultures. It should be possible to find an appropriate therapist for your needs. How and where you access therapy will affect how much choice you have when selecting your therapist.
No. There are different methods and approaches to therapy, and your chosen therapist will be able to talk to you about their particular method or approach.
There are many different types of therapy available (see Types of therapy).
However, in general, research shows that the positive relationship with your therapist is more important than the method they use.
Your choice of type of therapy may be limited depending on where you access it. If you have a preference over the type of therapy, you may choose to seek a private counsellor or psychotherapist who specializes in that specific type of therapy.