Leeds Counselling review

Earlier this year I started sessions at Leeds Counselling, and having recently terminated them, I thought I would write about my experiences. I’ve kept a detailed diary of my thoughts while using the service, but as there is a certain level of confidentially associated with counselling services, I’ll only discuss some general ideas here.

I think I did ten sessions in total, and then terminated the service for a number of reasons, but mainly because I didn’t feel we were making any progress.

When I started the sessions, I was told that she hoped we would be able to make some progress early on – nothing major, but we should expect to see something after three sessions. As this deadline was reached the estimates increased, and increased again, and I still don’t feel like any sign of progress had been made. Perhaps counselling just takes a long time, but I feel it was rather misleading if this is the case.

Having spoken to a number of counsellors, it seems clear that nobody in the field of counselling really knows what it is. That is to say, if you compare it to a field like CBT, which is quite specific and has methodology and a clear expectation of results, counselling seems very fuzzy and nobody can really define it very accurately.

I didn’t feel there was a strong knowledge of mental health. For example, I had to explain a lot of the techniques and ideas behind CBT. Obviously I’m not expecting them to be CBT experts, but you would expect people who work in mental health, particularly people who tend to deal with clients who have previously done CBT and then being referred, so have a basic knowledge of the subject.

I also found it incredibly similar to Scientology. This could be because Scientology copied many of its features to give it a feeling of legitimacy, or for some other reason, but the principles behind Scientology and counselling bare a very strong resemblance.

Leeds Counselling charge me £47 per session, meaning I have invested over £500 in their service once you include the initial screening. That is a worthwhile investment of my time and money if it was having a positive impact on my health, but as I didn’t seem to, it doesn’t seem worthwhile.



  1. Norman Ralph says:

    Not sure counselling ever really has an outcome. I found it really useful as an interim service that allowed me the contact and time that I needed during that period of my life.

    CBT and the other therapies available were what really helped me, but the counselling gave me another opportunity to keep on top of things.

    It probably helped that I got it all on the NHS or via the free counselling services offered at university and through a few charities.

  2. Steven W says:

    Counselling can be very hit and miss and it really depends if you’re lucky enough to get one who you gel with and uses the appropriate techniques or a combination of them. However until then it could be trial and error and could do more harm than good or make you cynical about the process.

    I’ve been to the orchard in horsforth @ £45 a pop and it has been quite revealing but your right it is a significant amount of money and a commitment to the process and I’d not be happy if I didn’t feel any progress was made. My friend is going via the NHS route now but it taken a long time just to start the process. I suppose going private you find out quicker what is working or not, it just costs you for the privilege.

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