What is counselling and who does it help?
Counselling provides the opportunity for you to open up about your thoughts, feelings and circumstances in your life in a confidential, non-judgemental setting. I support you to reach your desired outcomes.
Simply put, it means providing practical help and support for as many varied reasons as clients may have, some examples are:-
- for personal matters that are emotionally troubling perhaps overwhelming
- for emotional or physical changes that are hard to come to terms with
- life changing developments like changing jobs, moving towns, getting married – needing decisions
- being troubled by loss or illness, unresolved grief
- guidance for future planning and goal setting
- support to understand the reason we may feel as we do
When everything seems to be going against you, remember that the airplane takes off against the wind, not with it.
How does it work?
Research tells us it is incredibly useful to have a 1-3 sessions with a professional therapist as the need arises, to discuss your feelings of being overwhelmed, anxious or lost, need help with decision making etc. Its best to deal with matters sooner rather than later as there can be a physical toll on the body as well as the mental and emotional strain as time goes on. Speaking with a therapist can allow you to feel connected, understood and heard and just as slowing breathing down when you are angry slows physiology of your body, and is more calming – so voicing concerns and problems also has benefits for your body.
These more everyday feelings are actually very different from a mental health issue. There is a lot of confusion in society about mental health and it has negative connotations like it means you are somehow weak, or if you’re a man you’ll handle it, or you are too ashamed or don’t think its that important you’ll cope. I aim to help reduce this confusion and negativity about seeking & getting help. It’s your life after all, why not live it feeling better.
A mental health issue is something physiological affecting the mind. An Emotional issue affects the emotions which, if left to run unchecked or buried and ignored, can cause a dis-ease and then affect health and behaviour and relationships.
When we share our thoughts and problems, we are supported and lightened. Many of us need to discuss our emotions with someone that will understand and not judge us. Counselling or therapy can enable us to gain new insight or ideas & take proactive steps to reconnect with others to improve your daily life.