A to Z of MS
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A to Z of MS Counselling
Counselling is a type of talking or psychological therapy. It involves talking to a trained therapist about problems and concerns and can involve exploring ways to manage situations. Counsellors provide a safe and non judgmental environment to examine issues and feelings. For some people with multiple sclerosis counselling can be helpful in finding ways to cope with the uncertanties and unpredictabilities of the condition and adapt to continually changing symptoms. Counselling may also be of value to those who are close to the individual with MS.
The term counsellor is not yet a protected title so anyone could use the title with little or no training, however the professional bodies for counsellors the British Association of Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP) and the UK Council for psychotherapy (UKCP), regulate their member-practitioners by requiring certain amounts of training and the adherence to codes of ethics and practice.
A number of MS Therapy Centres offer counselling services. The Counselling Directory only lists counsellors and psychotherapists who are registered with a recognised professional body.