Counselling involves talking through what is troubling you in a safe, supportive environment. Anyone can be helped to transform their life through our counselling which is accessible from any location. A qualified counsellor will work with you to build a relationship based on trust, empathy and support. Each counselling experience is unique, with results individual to you.

What is counselling?

Counselling incorporates talking therapies to assist you in understanding yourself better; allowing you to share whatever is troubling you within a safe, supportive environment.

Counselling is more effective than talking to a friend. Instead of offering advice, counselling provides a fresh, professional perspective on the issues you are facing while teaching you relevant coping strategies. You may find it easier to speak to a professional counsellor than a family member or friend, as they are not personally involved in your situation.

Forms of counselling

Counselling can cover a number of talking therapies, including cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT), and humanistic/person-centred therapy. A mix of different approaches, known as integrative counselling, can also be explored.

Who can benefit from counselling?

At Harley Therapy, we believe counselling can help anyone to transform their lives, regardless of who they are or how big their problems may be. You do not have to be in a crisis to benefit from counselling. Counselling can help if you feel distressed or wish to address specific problems, but can also assist you to boost your self-confidence and identify more effective ways of living your life.

Whilst rewarding, the journey towards change through counselling may not always be easy, requiring you to put in time and commitment to gain results.

What issues can be addressed through counselling?

Counselling can help you work through a number of issues, including everyday worries and stresses as well as traumatic or distressing events including relationship breakdown or the loss of a loved one. Long term psychological issues such as anxiety or depression can also be addressed through counselling. Counselling may also be beneficial to those experiencing difficulties in their career, a lack of self-confidence, patterns of poor decision making, or a frequently unhealthy work-life balance.

Your counsellor

A qualified, professional counsellor will work with you to build a relationship based on trust, giving you the confidence to share your feelings and emotions with them. Your counsellor will listen to all that you have to share with empathy and openness.

We ensure all therapists on the Harley Therapy platform are UK registered, insured, and professionally trained counsellors, psychotherapists, psychologists and cognitive behavioural therapists. They are skilled and experienced, helping you to make positive choices by gaining an improved understanding of yourself and others. Counsellors will not judge you, nor will they force you into following a particular course of action.

Three types of therapists can offer counselling services in the UK:

Counsellors: A counsellor will have undertaken three or four years of study to become specifically trained in counselling theory and skills. Counsellors will also have a wealth of clinical experience conducting face-to-face counselling. They may undertake short-term or medium-term work with their clients.

Counselling or Clinical Psychologists: A counselling psychologist will have undertaken a similar training program to a counsellor or psychotherapist, but will also hold a higher education degree in psychology. This allows them to benefit from a broader scientific knowledge of the human mind and human behaviour. All practising counselling psychologists must be registered with the UK Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC.)

Psychotherapists: A psychotherapist will have similar training to a counsellor, however their training tends to take longer and psychotherapists are more likely to work longer term with their clients. There are many types of psychotherapists, but they all have a common focus of helping you to understand the impact of your past experiences on your present emotions and actions, to find the best way forward for you. Patients can learn about themselves by exploring their interactions within the therapeutic relationship.

What can you expect from a counselling session?

During your first meeting, you and your counsellor can discuss the length of your session (50 minutes), the reasons for scheduling weekly sessions (to provide consistency), and your counsellor’s cancellation policy. Counselling sessions will often end at the time agreed between you and your counsellor, so it is important that you are prompt in attending each session. Counselling can be undertaken as a single session or as a short-term course conducted over weeks or months.

Your counsellor will place their full attention on you throughout the session. They will encourage you to explore problems you may be facing and share any emotions and thoughts that arise. Your counsellor may initiate silences to prompt reflection, ask relevant questions about what you have shared, and clarify points to ensure they have a clear understanding of your discussion. Conversations should not feel like an interview or idle small talk.

There is no ‘typical’ or standard way of working during a therapy session. Some therapists may find it useful to set out an agenda for each session and review your progress frequently; helping you to acknowledge what is working successfully for you. Counsellors may set homework tasks or topics to investigate in your own time away from therapy, helping you to maintain progress between sessions.

There will be times during your counselling sessions where it may be necessary to discuss uncomfortable or painful things. Whatever is discussed between yourself and your counsellor will remain confidential (excluding legal and ethical exceptions and the monitoring of therapists by a supervisor.) Counsellors will support you through this process.

What results can you expect from your counselling session?

Each counselling experience is unique, with results individual to you. The commitment you make to your counselling sessions and what you desire to achieve from each session can affect the results of the counselling process.

General results may include, but are not limited to, a better perspective on your life, stronger knowledge of yourself and others, a clearer understanding of how to make positive choices that can lead to greater happiness, an improved ability to cope with anxiety and stress, and clarity regarding your hopes for your future and how to take positive steps towards these goals.

Find a therapist through the Harley Therapy platform

Whenever you’re ready, we’re here to help you book counselling online with qualified, professional counsellors and psychotherapists in London, Bristol and Manchester. The process is quick, easy and affordable, wherever you are. At Harley Therapy, we vet our therapists to ensure that they are registered and insured to practice as a therapist in the UK. We check that they are registered members of UK professional bodies, to ensure that all of our therapists have completed the professional training necessary to work as a licensed practitioner.

You can filter our qualified, professional and vetted therapists by location, cost, availability, approach so that you can find and book your best match simply and quickly.

Counselling can come in different formats:

Individual counselling (face to face)

Couples counselling; read more

Online counselling via Skype or email; read more

Telephone counselling; read more

Group counselling

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