This gives people the chance to talk privately and in confidence to someone who is not involved in their situation and is trained to help them deal with their emotions.  The counsellor will not pass judgement or impose their view but will try to show another way of looking at the situation.

This service may be available through the NHS.  If you feel that you would benefit from counselling, ask your GP surgery for more details.  You should remember to ask about charges, length of meetings and whether it will be ongoing or limited to a set number of meetings.  It is also useful to ask about the counsellor’s training and methods of working.  If you do not feel comfortable with one counsellor you may benefit from changing to another whose style is more suited to your needs.  Do not feel afraid to make enquiries.

There are also counselling services which cater for specific circumstances.
You may also have concerns about money, housing, working, relationships or legal matters.

This factsheet aims to address some of the difficulties you may be facing and suggest organisations which may be able to provide further information and practical help.  The points included are not arranged in any particular order and can be referred to as and when you feel that they would be helpful according to your needs.

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