Counselling is a broad term that can cover a number of slightly different approaches.

However, the main form of counselling offered in IAPT services is Counselling for Depression.

Counselling for Depression

This is a one-to-one therapy which

  • was developed from the work of Carl Rogers
  • is often known as person-centred therapy because it centres on the client perspective
  • is also called an experiential  therapy because it focuses on our experience, particularly feelings
  • has been shown to be effective in the treatment of depression

Your counsellor will aim to

  • work with you to explore how you feel and whatever might be keeping you stuck in depression
  • support you to reach your own understanding of your experiences, without any judgement, and without telling you what to do
  • support you to come to terms with difficult things that may have happened in your life so that you can move on

In the first session or two

  • your counsellor will answer any questions you may have about this approach
  • agree an initial number of sessions (usually 6-8)
  • together you will identify some particular aspects of your experience that you want to explore over the coming block of sessions
  • this is make sure that time is spent on what is most important and also realistic within the time frame

After about 5-6 sessions

  • you and your counsellor will review progress and decide whether or not to continue with a further block of sessions beyond the 6-8 so you can work towards an ending or continue exploring some issues in more depth