Counselling is the process of assisting and guiding people. It is a “talking therapy”, to resolve personal, social, or psychological problems and difficulties.
Whilst a generic term, it perfectly sums up a broad spectrum of spoken therapy that helps to manage stresses attributed to everyday despondency, anxiety, low self-esteem, lack of confidence, depression, relationship challenges, bereavement and loss. It can help you to regenerate your lust for life.
Counselling allows people to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and comfortable environment. With help and guidance, issues become clearer and so too, the steps that need to be taken to resolve them.
Having the capacity to think and feel emotions with clarity and self-awareness is an essential part of being human; but it’s not something that we are all innately able to do, or even generally taught how to do. As your counsellor, I can give you my thoughts and point of view, but more importantly, I will help and guide you to find your own solutions. Paving the way to your own recovery.
Most people find the idea of coming to therapy or counselling quite daunting. Some are deterred by the thought of talking with a stranger, or they are fearful of being judged. Your relationship with any counsellor will be built on trust. All your communication will be in a safe and confidential environment, which is an essential part of counselling. Once the initial tentative stage is over, most people find that having someone to talk to who is a stranger is, in actual fact, very liberating.
You could be at any stage of your life, there is no specific time or set of circumstances that could lead someone towards counselling or therapy. It’s often when we encounter a sense of overwhelming frustration, anxiety, a feeling of being trapped or unable to move forward that we find the courage to reach out for help.