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Will Counselling help me?

A Safe Space to Talk...

There are many reasons why people think about having counselling.

Sometimes, the experience of loss in our lives (a loved one, a relationship, a job, our health) can affect us in ways we don’t expect. When lots of these things happen at once, we can lose our ability to bounce back and end up feeling depressed, anxious and mistrustful of ourselves and life.

We might have poor quality relationships with partners, family and friends and not understand why. Traumatic events in childhood, our teenage years and even adulthood can leave lasting scars that prevent us from living life the way we want to. We might have specific issues and ways of living that are making us feel miserable. Some of us develop specific conditions like panic attacks, eating disorders or obsessive compulsive behaviours in order to cope with living.

Sometimes we may have lost sight of why we feel depressed or anxious. We can get into unhelpful ways of thinking – vicious cycles that we feel we can’t escape from. All of this can feel overwhelming, and we might begin to think that we will never feel better.

Admitting that you might have lost your way and asking for help is a really important first step – and definitely a sign of strength, not weakness.

Good counselling is based on a warm, honest and positive relationship between you and your counsellor. In this environment, people often begin to feel safe enough to talk about difficult issues and to challenge themselves in ways they never thought possible.  Counselling can offer:

  • A safe space just for you

  • Time to slow down and think things through

  • A place to get fresh perspective

  • A non-judgemental space to talk about things you may never have talked about before

  • Professional input into your problems

It might seem hard to believe now, but it really is possible to change how we behave, think and feel about ourselves and lives. We really can find our break in the clouds. Counselling has helped many people move on from pain and sadness to a more hopeful and realistic way of living. Get in touch with me to find out how counselling could help you.

Personal Development

Have you ever felt held back by parts of yourself that you'd like to improve? The expression 'I am my own worst enemy' can sometimes be true. Counselling can help you explore these issues and remove the blocks to your success. Confidence, self esteem, resilience, motivation, compassion for others, self-care, assertiveness - all these and more can be worked on in therapy, helping you to become the best that you can be.