Counselling can help if you are experiencing:
- Relationship Difficulties
- Bereavement and loss
- Work related stress, including burnout and compassion fatigue
- Anger management issues
- Low self confidence
- Low self esteem
- Family problems
- Phobias and fears
- Panic attacks
- Recovery from trauma or abuse
- Sexual problems
- Lack of assertiveness
- Dissatisfaction with life
- Coping with injury or illness
- Weight issues
What is Counselling and How Does it Work?
Counselling offers what is, for many people, the unique experience of being actively listened to while they explore a difficulty they may be having, distress they may be experiencing, or dissatisfaction they may be feeling in their lives. Most of us experience passive listening from those around us – even well-meaning family and friends – when we try to talk to them: they may frequently interrupt us or continue with some other activity and not really give us their full attention. Or they may become embarrassed, upset or angry in response to what they hear. Any of these responses inhibits us and frustrates us further, and prevents us from resolving our problems.
When we visit a professionally trained, impartial counsellor and experience active listening on the other hand, we have the counsellor’s full attention and genuine interest and this, combined with their warmth and non-judgemental acceptance of whatever they hear (and the assurance of complete confidentiality) enables us explore our thoughts and feelings freely.
Counselling is not about solving another’s problems for them, or telling them what to do. A counsellor helps people regain faith in themselves, hope in life, confidence and self-approval and supports them to work out what they need to do for themselves. To help this process a counsellor provides a safe environment, free from distractions, in which a person can explore their emotions. Feelings which may be acting as a barrier to a person’s clear thinking e.g. guilt, fear or anger can be acknowledged and explored so that the person can regain positive control of their life.
Counselling can be used as a short-term aid to a specific problem in which case a few 50 minute sessions may be sufficient. Alternatively, counselling can be used as a source of ongoing, regular support for several months as people work through a major life crisis such as bereavement or divorce, or address issues originating in their past, such as abuse, which may be preventing them from living fully in the present.