We all face challenges through our lives, some challenges are an inconvenience to deal with, while others may feel insurmountable. While family and friends can provide much needed support, sometimes it is beneficial to explore these challenges with a respectful, compassionate, objective third party, who is also a trained helper. Counselling may be beneficial if you are:
- overwhelmed by life challenges, feeling that emotions are running your show
- experiencing a lack of support from your usual network
- having difficulty managing emotions, this is often experienced as losing patience more quickly than usual, becoming easily irritated or crying for what seems like no reason
- feeling stuck in a rut, like a hamster on a wheel; or lost/without direction, like a ship without a rudder
- unable to stop self-defeating or self-sabotaging patterns of thoughts and/or behaviours
- using alcohol, drugs, gambling, or other measures as a coping strategy, which is starting to create consequences in your life
Counselling often elicits insight – seeing situations in a different light, thinking about problems in a different way, opening up alternatives to feeling ‘stuck’. Counselling doesn’t make problems disappear, but the therapeutic process often reduces the impact of these challenges on us, connecting us with our inherent strengths and resources, making life’s burdens easier to bear.
With the support of counselling, the way people carry their challenges changes: problems start to feel manageable again, people gain a deeper understanding of themselves and opportunities for making change.
My assumption is that when you invest in yourself through counselling it’s because you want something different for yourself – if what we’re doing is working, change will happen sooner than later.
Life is about experiences and relationships, and these can present many different challenges. Counselling is a way of exploring, examining, identifying, managing experiences and relationships, for example: a current sense of dissatisfaction/frustration with life; contributing factors to a sense of unease, upset or distress; barriers that are preventing functioning at full potential; challenges in family or work relationships; problematic relationships with substances or behaviours.
Common client concerns include but are not limited to:
- Personal Growth
- Relationship Difficulties
- Grief and Loss
- Life Transitions
- Occupational Stress
- Addictions, both substance and process/behavioural (like gambling, technology, sex)