People come to see therapists for many differing personal reasons, but usually because they are struggling with strong emotions such as anxiety, depression, anger and grief. A key aim of therapy is to give people the insight needed to take back control of their emotional distress.
Counselling can also help those who do not consider themselves in distress. It can help with personal growth, and motivation, with gaining clarity about your behaviour or when lacking direction.
Asking for help can be difficult, people often feel they should be able to cope alone or are embarrassed about their problems. Maybe you can’t imagine things can ever improve or just don’t know where to start. This is where professional counselling can help.
A good therapist should be much more than a good listener. I apply psychological understanding to problems to help you achieve your goals, whilst building a warm, supportive therapeutic relationship.
Therapy works best when you are able to be honest and open-minded to explore your situation, but it can be challenging and can sometimes seem like hard work. I appreciate that therapy is a substantial commitment, and I have nothing but respect for those that choose to seek change.
Why do people come to counselling?
This list gives some examples but is not exhaustive; if something is causing you distress or confusion then counselling may help you.
· Depression, low mood, lack of motivation
· Low self esteem
· Anxiety, stress and panic attacks
· Trauma/ Post Traumatic Stress Disorder
· Obsessions and compulsions
· Alcohol or drug use concerns
· Bereavement or loss
· Relationship or family issues · Childhood abuse or neglect
· Life changes or lack of purpose
· Sexuality/gender issues