What is Counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity for you to explore whatever it is you are struggling with at this moment in your life. This can be done by talking about about emotions and thoughts you may have not have been able to express before. Sometimes people find their feelings almost impossible to face, and counselling can help you to look at these in a safe, non-judgemental and confidential environment. Counselling can also be about helping you to discover who you are and what you want, so that you can begin to move away from what you don’t want – from what is no longer helpful in your life.
In working with you around this, I will offer ways of working together which will help you gain more understanding of why you have the feelings and thoughts that you do. But I will not tell you what to do, or what decisions to make. Many people find that they already have lots of people in their life telling them how and who they should be.
Instead, you and I will work together to help you understand and develop your own solutions, insights and awareness into what is happening in your life. We will work together to do this in a private and confidential setting.
Why have Counselling?
People come to counselling for lots of reasons. It may be that you have a general feeling that something isn’t right, but you’re not sure what it is. You might be having an overwhelming feeling that you have to ‘escape’, to run away from everything you’re experiencing, as if you just can’t get comfortable in your own skin. You might feel anxious or panicky at the thought of certain people or situations, but not understand why. You may feel a bit lost, and just want a clearer idea of what you do and don’t want from your life.
In general people come to counselling because they have experienced, or are experiencing one of the following:
- Domestic Violence
- Relationship problems
- Sexual Abuse
- Spiritual Crisis
- Children leaving home
- Loss of a loved one
- Loss of identity/statusConcerns about sexuality
- Feeling lonely
What is happening with you may not be on this list.
Please understand – if it bothers you then it’s important – and you can bring it to counselling.