Information about how counselling can help and details of therapeutic experience.
How counselling can help
When do people think about having counselling?
At some time in our lives we all come across difficulties. Often it is clear what is causing the distress - examples could include a bereavement, accident or some other clear event - and we are able to bear the pain and suffering and gradually move on by drawing on our inner strength and the support of our families or friends. But sometimes the way we are feeling about ourselves or our situation seems more difficult to cope with.
Often people consider counselling when they feel trapped in their situation and unable to change unhelpful ways of thinking, feeling or patterns of behaviour.
So what happens in counselling?
Counselling gives you a place to look at problems you may be having and to talk about them with a person who is listening without advising or judging you. It aims to make sense of experiences you have had during your life and to see where they may be affecting you at the moment.
Some of our difficulties can stem from past experiences and the way our own unique personality has coped with life's events.
How Counselling can help
It can take courage to come and face painful feelings, but the counsellor is there to support you through such times. And, by looking at these difficulties together in your counselling sessions, you can start to find and integrate aspects of yourself that have been hidden, suppressed or ignored. This can lead to you feeling more at ease with yourself and readier to move forward in your life.
I have had experience of working with a wide cross-section of people: of different ages and from different backgrounds, During this time I have been able to help with many different areas of distress including:
- anxiety and panic
- lack or loss of direction/meaning
- relationship difficulties
- mid-life crises
- bereavement and loss of other kinds
- living with physical difficulties
- Asperger syndrome
- low self-esteem and confidence
- physical, sexual and emotional abuse