Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk about your concerns in a confidential setting with a counsellor who will listen to you carefully and help you explore your situation. It is up to you to choose what to talk about. Counselling can help you get a clearer understanding about yourself, your problems and your feelings. Counselling can help you discover different ways of thinking, feeling and behaving, but cannot change your circumstances for you. COMPASS counsellors will help you to make your own choices and decisions, but will not give advice or tell you what to do.

People come for counselling with a variety of problems which may be related to home, work, relationships or life in general.  Some examples of problems helped by counselling are:

  • Depression, anxiety, worries or stress about the past, present or future

  • Bereavement or other loss

  • Illness, accident or trauma

  • Shyness, loneliness or difficulties in a social setting

  • Past or present unwanted sexual experiences

Everyday matters

Recognising that you are under stress is the first step towards taking control of the situation. Stress can build up gradually and you may not be aware of how much stress you are under until it has reached a critical level. It is therefore important to recognise the symptoms of stress. The warning signs include:

  • Feeling close to tears much of the time.

  • Finding it hard to concentrate and make decisions.

  • Being short tempered with people at home and at work.

  • Feeling tired most of the time, sleeping badly.

  • Feeling stretched beyond your limits at the end of the day.

  • Drinking and smoking more to help you get through the day.

  • Eating when you’re not hungry.

  • Feeling that you’ve achieved nothing at the end of the day.

Issues We Refer to Other Agencies

Because our counselling is one-to-one, we do not see couples together, but refer them to Relate. If someone has been bereaved recently, we recommend them to seek help from Liverpool Bereavement Service, and there are specialist agencies to help people whose main issues are alcohol or drug related. We generally don’t counsel people with a psychotic diagnosis, and we never take on psychiatric patients unless the psychiatrist has given written agreement that we may do so.