CONFIDENTIAL • PROBLEM RESOLUTION • PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT
You may find yourself struggling with a crisis, or a problem that you are struggling to overcome. Counselling can help support you to take positive steps to resolve these issues. Counselling enables you to explore ways in which you can personally devleop and identify ways in which you can make positive adjustments in your life.
Counselling can offer you a safe, supportive environment for you to explore your thoughts and feelings about the problem you are seeking help for. Counselling does not aim to give you advice but will support you to develop your own understanding of your situation. Through counselling you can develop the tools and the skills to help you resolve your difficulties and to change problematic behaviours.
A professional counsellor is highly trained to use a range of approaches to help you. These approaches are also known as "therapies", and include types such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Person Centred Therapy and Psychotherapy. Click here for more.
Your therapist will meet with you regularly, and together you will work towards developing a relationship of trust. Your counsellor will have a policy of confidentiality, which will underpin the work you do together. You'll have the opportunity to openly explore aspects of your life that you may find it difficult to share with family and/ or friends.
In life we experience challenges, difficulties and problems - problems such as unemployment, or difficulties in the workplace, illness, loss or bereavment or difficulties in relationships with others. Most of us find that we can deal with a single problem without too much difficulty, however sometimes problems seem to come one after the other, after the other… or one very large upset can occur that can just knock us right off balance and leave us feeling completely overwhelmed. We may find that these feelings pass, but there may be signs that our mood is being impacted on a longer term basis. Things to look out for include: loss of interest in things that used to bring pleasure, reduced engery levels, disrupted sleep patterns, increased worry, reduced self confidence and poor concentration. Counselling may help you to process how you think and feel about your problems, helping you to restore your mood.
Counselling can take place either individually or in groups, or via the telephone or online, and is helpful for a number of personal issues, including addiction, low self-esteem, stress, bereavement, relationships, trauma, bullying, abuse, etc.
Counselling is usually brief in length and focuses on ways in which you can understand and resolve your difficulties in a safe, confidential setting.
Your therapist is able to offer you an unbiased, empathic perspective on your difficulties to help bring resolutions and solutions. Your therapist will remain neutral, or non-judgemental, and will give you the opportunity to explore what may be difficult or painful emotions such as anger, guilt, fear and resentment. Your therapist won't be attempting to sort your problems out, or become emotionally involved - each session should be structured around your needs and your therapist will work with you to develop a plan of action.
Counselling may help you find answers or solutions to problems or dilemmas that you may feel are controlling you or reducing your quality of life. Your therapist can help you to take back control, develop effective coping mechanisms and feel understood and accepted. Stress and challenges may have led to you experiencing low self-esteem and lack of confidence in your decison making. Through counselling you can improve your confidence, feel empowered, and obtain a clearer perspective on life challenges - an increased sense of wellbeing.
Counselling relies on a good therapeutic relationship between you and your therapist. A positive relationship will develop over time, and enable you to feel comfortable to open up and share your concerns. Talking about painful emotions and experiences may feel difficult or awkward initially, and bringing up things may make you feel worse to start with. Consistency is important, and results cannot be expected to be automatic, but your therapist will support you to move forward and engage in the process of change.