Counselling falls under the umbrella term ‘talking therapies’ and allows people to discuss their problems and any difficult feelings they encounter in a safe, confidential environment.
A counsellor will listen with empathy and encourage you to talk about your problems in order to help you to deal with uncomfortable emotions and find better ways of coping and moving forward.
What type of problems can Counselling help with?
Listed below are some of the types of problems people bring to counselling
Covering all types of relationships, counselling can be used to discuss issues in families, friendships and couples. Problems could involve anything from a poor relationship with a parent, difficulties in a friendship or with a partner, or relationships at work. Counselling can help you to develop better communication skills and also help you gain insights into yours and others behaviours.
At different stages of life we can be faced with accepting changes that we may find challenging. Divorce or Relationship breakdown, Redundancy, Retirement, Family problems, Moving home or Empty Nest Syndrome. These are just some of the things that can create huge turmoil and stress. Talking about it with a counsellor can help you deal with the emotions and negative affects of change.
Suffering from a mental health issue such as Stress, Anxiety or Depression can feel overwhelming or unmanageable. Counselling will help you to talk about the feelings that arise in conjunction with these kinds of issues, as well as overcome any personal challenges or frustrations.
Losing a loved one is a hugely painful event in anyone's life and can be life changing in many ways. The loss can bring up a wide range of difficult emotions including detachment, guilt and anger. Sometimes it can feel difficult to open up to family and friends after bereavement, and speaking to a counsellor about your feelings can help you to release painful emotions and find ways of integrating the loss into your life.
Being the victim of any form of abuse - verbal, emotional or physical - can lead to issues that may affect you all of your life. Counselling can offer victims the chance to seek help from authorities (if appropriate) as well as addressing the psychological repercussions in a safe environment. It will also help you to find new strategies to build your confidence and be more assertive.
Wherever there is a physical addiction to a substance or activity - there is likely to be a psychological addiction too. Counselling aims to relieve the psychological addiction by exploring the root cause while helping you to develop ways of overcoming the physical addiction.
Counselling can help you to come to terms with illness or medical conditions or concerns while offering emotional support and coping mechanisms.
Whether you've been involved in an accident or you have been the victim of abuse, the psychological impact of trauma can last years after the event itself. In a counselling session, trauma victims are encouraged to explore their feelings regarding the incident and look into how these could be resolved or changed.
Other Common Concerns
Feelings of stress, anxiety, frustration and low self-esteem are all too common in the stressful world as live in. Counselling can offer practical guidance and tools for dealing with these kinds of issues, as well as allowing you the space to express your frustrations and feelings.