Emotional trauma – a "catchall" phrase for most conditions that lead to distress, unhappiness, low self-esteem, anxiety and depression – is increasigly recognised as a major factor behind many health problems that beset our society today.

Yet there are still large numbers of people who consider emotional trauma as being something that shows personal weakness, an inability to cope, and should be something to hide from view, or even to deny.

It can take a lot of courage for someone to accept that they need help, because discussing your intimate problems and challenges can seem to be embarrassing, frightening or even threatening.

Psychotherapy and counselling is, however, a key element in many treatment regimes, and can make significant positive contributions to a person’s well-being and confidence.

There are many myths and untruths about counselling. If you are uncertain about the nature and purpose of professional counselling, please review some of these myths here.