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Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.

You'll be encouraged to talk confidentially about your feelings and emotions with a trained therapist, who'll listen and support you without judging or criticising.

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What can counselling help with?

Counselling can help you cope with:

  • a mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
  • processing and coping with a traumatic event or events
  • an upsetting physical health condition, such as infertility
  • a difficult life event, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
  • difficult emotions – for example, low self-esteem or anger
  • other issues, such as sexual identity

Make a referral

You can self-refer, or refer someone else for counselling from Police Care UK. Just fill out this form and we'll get in touch. Alternatively, you can call us on 0300 012 0030 (lines open 9am-5pm Mon-Fri)

Different types of counselling available

Police Care UK has a range of options available, depending on clinical need, which can be discussed with us in confidence.

Guided self-help

Guided self-help is recommended as a treatment for depression, anxiety and panic disorder. The therapist works with you to understand your problems and make positive changes in your life. It aims to give you helpful tools and techniques that you can carry on using after the course has finished.


Counselling is a talking therapy where you talk in confidence to a counsellor. You will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained therapist, who'll listen and support you without judging or criticising, and help you find your own solutions to problems.

Cognitive behavioural therapy (CBT)

The aim of CBT is to help you explore and change how you think about your life, and free yourself from unhelpful patterns of behaviour. You set goals with your therapist and may carry out tasks between sessions.

CBT has been shown to work for a variety of mental health problems, including depression, anxeity, panic attacks, obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).

Eye movement desensitisation and reprocessing (EMDR)

EMDR is another talking therapy that's been developed to help people who have post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). People who have PTSD may experience intrusive thoughts, memories, nightmares or flashbacks of traumatic events in their past. EMDR helps the brain reprocess memories of the traumatic event so you can let go of them. EMDR can be a distressing process, so it's important to have a good support network of family and friends around you if you plan to try it.

5 steps to improve mental wellbeing

According to the NHS, there are 5 steps we can all take to improve our mental wellbeing.

Giving them a try may make you feel happier, more positive, and able to get the most from life:

  • Connect - connect with the people around you: your familiy, friends, colleagues, and neighbours. Spend time developing these relationships. You can find out more about connecting for mental wellbeing online.
  • Be active - you don't have to go to they gym. Take a walk, go cycling, or play a game of football. Find an activity that you enjoy and make it a part of your life. Learn more about getting active for mental wellbeing online.
  • Keep learning - learning new skills can give you a sense of achievement and a new confidence. So why not sign up for that cooking course, start learning a new language, or find out how to fix your bike? Find out more about learning for mental wellbeing online.
  • Give to others - even the smallest act can count, whether is a smile, a thank you or a kind word. Larger acts, such as volunteering as a Police Care Champion, can improve your mental wellbeing and help you build new social networks. Learn more about giving for mental wellbeing online.
  • Be mindful - be more aware of the present moment, including your thoughts and feelings, your body, and the world around you. Some people call this mindfulness. It can positively change the way you feel about life and how you approach challenges. Learn more about mindfulness for mental wellbeing online.
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