How counselling can help

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Are you feeling ready for counselling?

If you have not previously experienced counselling, it can feel daunting and overwhelming.

You may be experiencing one or more of the following:

1. A sense of something not being right, it may be feelings, emotions, behaviour. It may be hard to name it, often a sense, an unease over something.

2. The unease can’t be silenced or dismissed; it makes itself known

3. The unease is wanting to be addressed.

4. A sense of something needing to change.

5. A recognition that you may need help.

Emotional signs

These may often be subtle shifts in mood and feelings that impact on our day to day functioning. Feelings may feel intense and uncontrollable, we may not be able to see what is triggering mood changes, we may be feeling overwhelmed by everyday stressors.

·       Continual feelings of sadness or hopelessness:

·       Overwhelming anxiety or fear

·       Mood swings

·       Difficulty coping with stress or loss

Cognitive signs

These signs are often overlooked or misunderstood, they cover a wide range of mental processes, including thought patterns, decision-making abilities and self-perception. The fast paced nature of life and constant distractions can make it difficult to prioritise and focus on tasks effectively.

Concentration difficulties can arise from underlying mental health challenges, for example anxiety and depression.

Intrusive or obsessive thoughts can cause distress and impact normal daily activities, heightened self-criticism and perfectionism tendencies can lead to chronic stress, anxiety and low self-esteem.

Physical signs

These can provide a valuable insight into underlying emotional struggles; signs can manifest in the body’s response to stress and emotional distress.

·       Unexplained aches and pains

·       Digestive issues

·       Chronic tension in the body

·       Fatigue

·       Low energy levels

·       Changes in sexual drive and functioning

It maybe helpful to think about the following questions, what comes to mind when you do?

Do you want change?

How do you feel about asking for help and accepting support?

Do you feel able to open up and talk about yourself?

Do you have other issues affecting your wellbeing and day to day life, that need your time and attention? Do these issues need advice and support from a different source eg debt management advice?

You may not be ready for therapy if:

You do not want to talk about your feelings

You don’t believe that therapy can help you

You are feeling pressurised to enter into therapy

You don’t feel able to emotionally engage with the process

 

Issues & concerns I support clients with:

This isn’t exhaustive but hopefully gives you an idea of some of the concerns that I have supported clients with:

Mental Health: anxiety, health anxiety, low mood, depression, OCD, pre and post natal depression, stress, burnout

Physical Health: long term health conditions for example CFS, cancer, infertility, IVF treatment, fitness, healthy eating

Relationships: relationship breakdown, coercive and controlling behaviour in relationships, loss of friendships, ghosting, gaslighting. Family dynamics and tensions. Sudden death, bereavement, loss, complicated grief.

Parenting: negotiating parenting styles, parenting children with additional needs, challenges of single parenting.

Life transitions: separation, divorce, retirement, menopause, empty nest.

Financial: job loss, redundancy, money management