The Counselling Directory- a fantastic resource for the UK

Catriona writes:

Depression is one of the most common mental health problems in the UK. Around 15% of the population will experience it in their lives, and it can affect anyone of any age, including children.
There are many causes of depression, including life events such as a relationship breakdown, money worries, or illness. It may also be triggered by a family history of depression, or a chemical imbalance in the brain.
One of the hardest parts of dealing with depression, as with many other mental illnesses, is coming forward and admitting the need for help. No one likes admitting they have a problem, but this is a key part of the recovery process.

However after this decision had been taken, a whole new set of questions can arise with regards to actually finding the counsellor.There are numerous issues to consider – practical and otherwise. What about, for example, location? Despite counsellors’ assured complete confidentiality people may prefer to see a counsellor that is perhaps outside their local area, but still in surroundings they are comfortable in.

And what guarantees that the counsellor is the real deal? There are no laws in the UK that govern counselling, so what’s to stop anyone setting up shop to listen to people’s problems? There are qualifications and professional bodies, but these can often be confusing and over-whelming.

Counselling can take many different approaches – from person-based to psychoanalytic, and it’s important to choose a counsellor with an approach the person will be comfortable with and respond to well.

Counselling Directory was set up to provide a simple, easy, and most importantly un-daunting way of connecting people that need help with the people that provide it. A comprehensive searching tool, the site allows postcode, town and country searches, and produces a list of counsellors registered in this area.

Each counsellor has a profile, listing a bit about themselves, their approaches, what areas they deal with, and all theirtraining, qualification and experience and fees.The site shows which counsellors are registered/accredited with a professional body, and full profiles are only displayed after insurance and qualification documents are checked or membership with a professional body has been verified. 

The site has also become a huge information bank – there arearticles written by the counsellors, as well as comprehensive information on all kinds of distress – from depression to eating disorders to abuse, to help people identify their problems and become informed, not scared.