What is in-person counselling?

In-person counselling, also known as face-to-face counselling, refers to the traditional approach where individuals attend therapy sessions in a physical setting, typically a therapist’s office or a designated counselling space. It involves direct, personal interaction between the client and the therapist in a shared physical space.

During in-person counselling, the client and therapist engage in a therapeutic conversation, discussing the client’s concerns, emotions, and experiences. The therapist actively listens, provides support, guidance, and interventions tailored to the client’s needs. Nonverbal cues such as body language and facial expressions can also play a role in communication and understanding between the client and therapist.

Why do people use In person counselling?

Personal connection

In-person counselling allows for face-to-face interaction, creating a deeper sense of connection and rapport between the client and the counsellor.

Trust & confidentiality

The physical environment can offer a sense of safety and security, allowing clients to open up and share more freely. Being with your therapist can allow for this trust to form.

Accountability and structure

In-person counselling involves setting sessions at specific times and locations. This structure helps clients commit to their therapeutic journey.

Non-verbal communication

In-person counselling enables the counsellor to observe and interpret non-verbal cues. This includes body language, facial expressions, and tone of voice.

How in person counselling works


In in-person counselling, the client and the counsellor meet face-to-face in a designated space, such as a counsellor’s office. They engage in direct and immediate interaction, with the counsellor actively listening, providing support, and offering therapeutic interventions.


In-person counselling provides a confidential and safe environment where clients can openly express their thoughts, feelings, and concerns. The counsellor ensures the privacy of the session, creating a space where clients feel comfortable sharing personal information.


The counsellor may employ approaches such as cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT), psychodynamic therapy, mindfulness techniques, or other evidence-based modalities to address the client’s specific issues and promote growth and healing.

In Person counselling and remote therapy is just as effective

Numerous studies and NHS research has found online counselling and remote therapy to be just as effective as visiting a counsellor or therapist face to face.
Some clients who have the time for face to face therapy even prefer online counselling because they find it gives them more flexibility and comfort.

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