As individuals, counselling is sometimes needed because we experience difficulties and distress in our lives, and this can cause a feeling of isolation. When this happens we find it difficult to talk to the people closest to us and would prefer to talk someone independent. We may feel anxious or depressed about family, relationship, or personal issues. Other life issues and events that can be difficult to deal with include divorce, health issues, bereavement, bullying, work issues such as redundancy, or we may be experiencing feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be looking to bring balance to our lives. These are all reasons, and more that bring people to therapy.

Young people may sometimes find they need extra support if they are finding it difficult to deal with or understand their emotions and/or behaviour. This is where counselling with young people may differ from counselling with adults, and will depend on the specific needs of the person seeking therapy. This is where different methods may be used to encourage the individual to express their difficulties, such as through creative counselling. Some clients may prefer talking therapy, or a mixture of both, and the counselling approach will depend on the particular individual. But the ultimate aim for counselling is the same as with any approach; to help the individual cope better with their emotions and feelings.