Self-esteem is the opinion we have of ourselves. When we have healthy self-esteem, we tend to feel positive about ourselves and life in general. We are better placed to deal with life's complexities. When our self-esteem is low, we tend to view ourselves and life in a more negative and critical light. We also feel less able to take on life's challenges. Counselling works to help us understand ourselves more fully for who we are, which in itself can help raise self esteem.
Relationships can be as difficult to maintain as they are to move on from. Whether it be a family member, a friend, a work colleague or a partner we are always in relationship with another. Sometimes relationships can be damaging, abusive and destructive. Counselling works to help recognise when a relationship is not functioning in a way that is healthy and beneficial to both individuals involved. Understanding these issues can often help to resolve them.
Anxiety is a feeling of unease, such as worry or fear, that can be mild or severe. Everyone has feelings of anxiety at some point in their life - it is a natural human response. However, sometimes feeling anxious can become overwhelming. Feelings of anxiety become more constant and can begin to affect daily life, in such ways as panic attacks or phobias. Counselling works by developing ways to manage and lessen your anxiety by deepening your self awareness.
Grief is a natural response to losing someone or something that is important to you. It can manifest itself in many ways such as feeling overwhelmed with sadness, anger, loneliness or feeling numb. Everyone grieves differently and for different lengths of time. Grief can feel chaotic and out of control, it can feel isolating and scary. Counselling works by offering support through each stage of grief with understanding and without judgement.
Addiction can occur when a normal activity becomes compulsive and interferes with ordinary responsibilities, such as work, relationships, or health. Often addiction to a substance or an activity can be a reaction to coping with stress, pain or trauma. Counselling works to not only understand the reasons behind an addiction, but also explore alternative ways to cope with the complexities of life.
Depression can cause a wide variety of symptoms, ranging from lasting feelings of unhappiness and hopelessness, to losing interest in pleasurable activities. There can be physical symptoms, such as feeling constantly tired, sleep deprivation, loss of appetite or sex drive. Severe depression can induce suicidal thoughts. Counselling can help to alleviate depression by helping to gain insight into why feelings persist and how best to care for oneself.
Counselling can help ease the many and varied difficulties we all face in our everyday lives. Being able to talk through problems and dilemmas and in a safe non judgemental space with a supportive professional counsellor can provide the clarity and insight to make a difference.
Below are some of the areas in which I have specific training and extensive experience.
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