There are times in all our lives when events and situations occur that can cause us pain and suffering, during these times we can feel isolated and lonely, this can then lead to feelings of depression, anxiety and stress. You may find it difficult to share these thoughts and feelings with those closest to you, this can sometimes lead you to feel that there is no escape from what you are going through. As a counsellor I am not exempt from this pain and suffering as I have and still do (when needed) see a counsellor, in fact my own pain is what brought me to start my training as a counsellor, and later gave me the determination to become qualified.
Another key element of counselling is to support you in understanding why you are reacting in the way you are to an event or situation you have found yourself in, this might mean looking back at your childhood, current and past relationships and other events in your life that may have impacted on you. At times this can feel unsettling but over time this will help you to have a better understanding of yourself.
Counselling offers a safe, non-judgemental, confidential and empathetic space to explore what is going on for you. Talking with a qualified counsellor is different from meeting and talking with a friend or family member, this is because a counsellor has knowledge and experience of how people function psychologically and how people are influenced by their experiences in life. One of the many skills of a counsellor is to listen, by this I mean really hear you and what is happening for you and also to be able to empathise in a way that supports you to explore more deeply what is happening in your life. All of which supports you to recognise your own attitudes, behaviours and feelings.
Some of the issues that a client may come with are:
This list is not exhaustive so please get in touch if you do not see your issue here
- Carer support
- Chronic fatigue syndrome/ME
- Eating disorders
- Low self-esteem
- Relationship issues
- Work-related stress