Counselling is like having a friendly chat with someone who is there to help you work through any problems or worries you might have. Just like how talking to a friend can make you feel better when you're feeling down, talking to a counsellor can help you feel better too. They are trained professionals who can listen to you without judgment and offer guidance and support to help you overcome any challenges you might be facing.
If you're considering counselling but aren't sure what to expect, here are some things to keep in mind:
Counselling sessions are confidential, so you can feel comfortable sharing anything that's on your mind.
You can talk about anything you want in counselling, whether it's a specific problem or just a general feeling of unease.
Your counsellor is there to support you, but they won't tell you what to do or how to solve your problems. Instead, they'll help you develop the skills and insights you need to make positive changes in your life.
Counselling isn't a one-time fix; it's a process that takes time and effort. But with the right counsellor and a willingness to work on yourself, it can be an amazing experience that helps you feel more confident and empowered in your life.
Base 51 offers free and subsidised counselling (it's based on what your household income is, so it's affordable!) either online or at their centre in town. Open to 10-25 year olds in Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Find out more here.