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Counselling involves discussing personal experiences and issues with a person who is trained to listen in a safe and confidential place.

Many people find it helps to talk about themselves and their concerns in a way that you often can’t do with family and friends.

Helpful links

Look for a counsellor who is a member of a national body such as the British Association of Counselling & Psychotherapy (BACP) or the UK Council for Psychotherapy (UKCP).

Looking for a private counsellor? Go to the It’s Good to Talk website or visit the Counselling Directory and search by location or by what’s worrying you. You can find out more about finding a qualified therapist or counsellor on the NHS website.

British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) – what is therapy and counselling?

Autistic people might benefit from accessing autism-specific counselling. Visit Leeds Autism AIM and see their Mental Health Guide for Autistic Adults for more information.