About counselling

Counselling provides a safe environment for you to speak to a trained professional in confidence. Counselling may help you make sense of difficulties you are experiencing in your life so that you are able to help yourself to feel better.

Discussing your feelings in this way can help you to handle difficult emotions. You can understand your feelings better, and in doing so reduce the pain they cause.

In a comfortable and confidential setting you can talk freely and openly to someone who is objective and who won’t judge you at all. Your counsellor is there to support you, and to give you space so you can be yourself and release your feelings.

What problems can counselling help?

Counselling can help you resolve all kinds of issues that upset you, including:

  • Abuse
  • Anger
  • Anxiety
  • Bereavement and loss
  • Compulsions and addictions
  • Divorce and relationship difficulties
  • Eating problems
  • Illness and disability
  • Trauma
  • Work stress and relationship difficulties

Is counselling painful?

During counselling you get in touch with your feelings and sometimes that can be difficult. But feeling your painful emotions is an important part of counselling and it helps to heal you. You are never alone with your difficult emotions. Your counsellor is there to support you.

Will counselling cure my problems?

No counsellor can wave a magic wand and take away your problems or the pain you have inside. In fact, it's not a counsellor's job to 'make you better' at all – healing is down to you. You work on your problems and get in touch with your feelings, and your counsellor walks beside you on your journey and guides you gently down the path.


Laura Cope is a fully accredited counsellor who works from her home in Oxford. She offers counselling services to clients from Henley-on-Thames, Reading, Abingdon, Wallingford and other surrounding areas in Oxfordshire, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire.