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Talking it over with someone


Counselling is more than just talking about your worries and problems. By discussing feelings with a trained counsellor you can try to find out what makes you feel this way, and what you can do to cope. Counselling can be really helpful because you can share how you are feeling with someone who doesn't know you or your family. You can also be sure that what you are talking about will stay confidential.

Counselling can be a difficult process because it can be hard to talk about things that have distressed or hurt you. However, by working through your problems with your counsellor, you can accept them and even understand yourself better.


Therapy is like counselling, but there is usually a clearer goal of aiming to treat either specific or deeper problems. You might have identified these yourself, or they might have been diagnosed by a mental health professional. Therapy is confidential and can be undertaken in individual sessions or in a group. Therapy requires you to actively take part in tackling your problems. You will need to set yourself goals and might need to work both within and outside sessions to achieve these.

There are a number of different types of therapy, including cognitive behavioural, psychodynamic, interpersonal therapy and couples/family therapy. Each of these has a different focus and uses particular methods and techniques.

If you think either counselling or therapy would be right for you then you should talk to your GP in the first instance. Alternatively you could also look at our list of local and national accredited helplines to see if any of the services on it can help you or Barking and Dagenham Improving Access to Psychological Therapies as outlined below.

Local and National Helplines

Barking & Dagenham improving access to talking therapies

Barking & Dagenham IAPT is a free NHS service which offers help to learn new ways to cope with everyday pressures or unexpected events which leave you feeling a little or very low in mood or anxious.

We offer Talking Therapies, Short Courses, Relaxation classes, Stress Workshops, Exercise to combat low mood and more.

If you are aged over 18 years, then why not give us a call on 0300 555 1018 and talk to one of our advisors. Our office is open between the hours of 9 am to 5 pm and we will book you in for a short telephone assessment and if we can’t help we may be able to help you find a service that can.

Barking & Dagenham IAPT

Barking and Dagenham Improving access to Psychological Therapies
Phone:0300 555 1018

Speaking to somebody about the problems you are dealing with can really help you to feel supported.

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