Why do people seek counselling?
People seek counselling for all kinds of different reasons. You may be facing a life-changing event that has created grief or shock. You may be experiencing feelings of depression and isolation, low self-esteem or suffering from feelings of anxiety, and not fully understanding why.
There may be events from your past that are preventing you from living your life to it's fullest; events that you may or may not be aware of that could be influencing your behaviour and affecting your relationships.
You could also be experiencing a lack of direction, feeling trapped or bored in your life. You could be finding a relationship difficult to manage healthily. You may be aware of self-destructive patterns occurring in your life which are causing you or those around you pain.
You could be feeling overwhelmed with feelings of anger, shame, guilt, sadness or loneliness and life could be generally uncomfortable.
Once you have taken the brave step to finding a counsellor, it is normal to feel nervous. You may find it difficult to start opening up to a stranger, you may be afraid of being judged or criticised, but with the support of the right counsellor, you will begin to trust the relationship.
Your relationship with your counsellor can be very different from normal relationships. Space should be created for you where you can explore your issues, which will help in raising your self-awareness.
What is counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues.
What can counselling help with?
A mental health condition, such as depression, anxiety or an eating disorder
Difficult life moments, such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or work-related stress
Difficult emotions, e.g. low self-esteem or anger
Sexual related issues
What will happen during an appointment?
You will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions, and you'll be listened to without judgment or criticism. We will work together to help you gain a better understanding of your feelings and thought processes, so you can find your own solutions to problems.
How many sessions will I need?
This totally depends on the reason why you have sought out counselling. Some people need support for short periods of time to work through a specific concern or problem, which may only last for a few weeks or months. Some people have counselling for several months or years as they find the ongoing support integral to their life, similar to having a regular massage, to help keep things in check and be available to support throughout life's ups and downs.