People come to counselling for many differing reasons. You may have recently experienced a crisis in your life, such as bereavement, loss of a relationship, trauma or illness. Or perhaps you are less clear about why you are finding it hard to cope, you might be feeling anxious, stressed or experiencing unpredicatable emotional swings but not be sure about why this is happening.
Talking to someone outside of your family and friends, in confidence and without judgement, can help to bring clarity and awareness and begin to assist you in identifying how your beliefs, thinking patterns and behaviour may be contributing to your state of mind. Counselling can also help you to reflect on how your previous experiences may be informing your current situation. Through counselling, you may gain a new perspective on how you are living your life and with this awareness develop confidence to move forward with greater positivity and confidence.
I believe that we all have the capability within us to change direction and to overcome problems but sometimes we need support and a helping hand to enable us to recognise our potential and to find new ways of being.
I work with clients aged 18 and over.
Most people do not bring issues that can be easily defined as a single category, however I have listed below some of the types of areas I help clients with:
Loneliness and isolation
Anxiety and stress
Guilt and shame
Work related stress
Coping with the emotional impact of illness as a patient/carer
Loss of purpose and meaning in life
Ageing – dealing with older age as an individual/carer