Counsellors are professionals who can work with you to talk through your problems and look for possible solutions.

What is a counsellor?

'Counsellor' is a generic term used to describe various professionals who offer some type of talking therapy. 'Talking therapy' is a term that is sometimes used to describe a range of treatments that involve discussing mental or emotional issues with a professional.

A counsellor may be a psychologist, nurse, social worker, occupational therapist, or they may have a specific counselling qualification. Counsellors can work in a variety of settings, including private practices, community health centres, schools and universities and youth services.

What does a counsellor do?

A counsellor can talk through different problems you may be experiencing and look for possible solutions. However, not all counsellors have specific training in treating mental health conditions, so it is important to ask about experience and qualifications.

Find a counsellor

A GP can usually provide contact details for counsellors in your area.

You can also find a range of counselling professionals and their contact details through the National Health Services Directory.

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National Health Services Directory

A national directory of health services and practitioners, including GPs, pharmacists and hospitals.

Last updated 02 November 2022