What is counselling?

Counselling is a process where a person works in partnership with a counsellor on issues that may be causing distress in their lives.

Counselling provides a regular time and space for people to talk about their troubles and explore difficult feelings, in an environment that is safe, free from intrusion and confidential.

Counselling is about helping you to explore what is going on and to make sense of your confusion, so that you can help yourself reach your own decisions and outcomes. Counselling is not giving advice or telling someone what to do, or offering friendship.

A counsellor will respect your viewpoint, while helping you to deal with specific problems, cope with crises, improve your relationships or develop better ways of living.

It can sometimes take a few sessions to feel comfortable and at ease with your counsellor. Some individuals can feel nervous the first time they come to counselling, and this is perfectly natural.

Counselling sessions usually take place once a week. Making this commitment gives you a better chance of getting to the heart of your difficulties.

If you feel you might benefit from counselling please refer yourself to our Face-to-Face counselling service by downloading, completing and returning the Application for Counselling (word) via email to counselling@lgf.org.uk or by FREEPOST.

If you do not have access to a printer we can post a form out to you. Please email your name and address to counselling@lgf.org.uk.

If you have a question about our counselling service please check our FAQ or email counselling@lgf.org.uk

Telephone Counselling at the LGF

We now offer Telephone Counselling for those aged between 14 and 25 who live in the North West. This is a free service and you will be offered 8 sessions lasting 40 minutes each with a qualified counsellor, these are likely to take place weekly at a time that suits you.

This service is ideal for anyone who is unable to come to the LGF for face-to-face counselling or those who would feel more comfortable accessing the service over the phone. For more information, please contact us on 0845 3 30 30 30 or email counselling@lgf.org.uk. Alternatively you can apply by downloading, completing and returning the Application for Telephone Counselling form (pdf) / the Application for Telephone Counselling (word) via email to counselling@lgf.org.uk or by FREEPOST.