Sometimes people get stuck in life and feel they are missing something, or not achieving their full potential. They may be having health, work or bereavement issues which are impacting on their relationships or wellbeing. Other life events, whether current or in the past, may be causing them to feel distressed, angry or confused.
Counselling can offer you a safe place to explore your feelings and concerns. People often report that counselling enables them to feel fully listened to and understood, sometimes for the first time in their lives. This often leads to a feeling of being accepted unconditionally, which helps people to develop increased confidence and self esteem.
Counselling is not about waving a magic wand, offering advice or a giving a quick fix. But it can help you to discover fresh perspectives on life, make new choices and find ways to feel less stressed and more in control of your life.
What Issues Can Counselling Help With?
I believe that counselling can help people with any type of emotional distress, whether it be niggling feelings of emptiness, discontent and wanting more out of life, or feelings of depression, anxiety, worry, or low self esteem. These conditions often affect people's sleeping or eating patterns, or their relationships, and may present as anger, irritability and stress. Counselling can offer the support and empathy necessary for you to explore your thoughts and feelings, and gain some peace of mind and more helpful ways of dealing with things.
Life often involves separations from loved ones, and we may feel people have less time to talk, or are "too busy" to listen. Many of us today face life with less support than in previous generations, which can lead to feelings of isolation and loneliness.Sometimes we feel reluctant to share our feelings with loved ones or friends for fear of affecting them in some way. It can be very helpful and healing to talk things through in confidence, with an empathic counsellor, who is not directly involved in your life.
All of us, at some time in our lives, experience painful losses, whether through bereavement, ill health, relationship breakdown,or an "empty nest". Counselling offers you a designated time each week for you to explore your feelings about these issues, and start to experience empathy and healing.
Sometimes people find themselves seeking to cope with their difficulties in ways that may further impinge upon their physical or mental health,offering short term relief, but long term harm. Counselling can help with addictions such as drugs, alcohol, gambling.
In my experience, people find that counselling gives them an opportunity to spend some time looking at where they are and where they are going in life. You may want to focus on a particular area, such as family issues,relationship issues employment issues, in order to gain more clarity and insight.
In todays world, nothing stays the same for long, life is fast moving, fast paced, and this can lead to anxiety, stress and depression. For some, life can involve lots of change and this can be exciting. However, change also involves loss, which is often difficult. Too much unwanted change can feel like life is spiralling out of control. Counselling can help you to come to terms with life's changes and challenges help you take control, and enable you to make positive choices for the future.
What Benefits Can You Expect from Counselling?