BACP definition of counselling and psychotherapy.
Counselling and psychotherapy are umbrella terms that cover a range of talking therapies. They are delivered by trained practitioners who work with people over a short or long term to help them bring about effective change or enhance their wellbeing.’
Life can be difficult for all of us at various times and sometimes we can't solve our problems by talking to family or friends and on these occasions we may need the help of a therapist.
Some of the issues that people bring into therapy include: emotional numbness, feelings of emptiness, lack of a secure identity, anxiety, OCD, obsessional thinking, depression, relationship difficulties, grief, stress, anger and a search for meaning in life.
In my profession we call these issues "symptoms" I believe these symptoms to be an inevitable consequence of life and the type of society we have and are issues which all human beings must face.