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Will the counsellor give me advice?

Counsellors don't ever give advice of the "I'd leave university if I was you" variety since the purpose of counselling is to help you make your own decision.

They will never make a moral decision about the course of action you ought to take.

They may sum up what they understand you have been saying so far in order to help you move on and form a plan of action.

They can offer pointers to how others have successfully dealt with common problems and may also make suggestions of the "have you thought of the following" variety.

These suggestions will be drawn from their training in what is helpful and their experience of what has helped others and of course can be rejected if you feel they are unhelpful.

FAQ Topics

Student FAQ Topics

What does the Counsellor do?

What kinds of problems can I talk to a counsellor about?

What do I say?

Will the counsellor give me advice?

Do I have to pay?

What will the counsellor think of me - will they think badly of me for getting into a mess?

How can it be right to be in need of help?

Doesn't asking for counselling mean admitting failure?

What if I still feel ashamed of my problems?

How confidential is counselling?

What are the limits of confidentiality?

Should I be worried about the limits of confidentiality?

Where can I get further information?

Does it work for everybody?

What if I definitely want a male or female counsellor?

Will the counsellor have experienced problems like mine?

Wouldn't I be better to try and sort it out for myself?

What about talking to my friends?

Some people have suggested I just have a stiff drink and pull myself together.

Does seeing a counsellor mean I am ill?

Is counselling like psychiatry?