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 to develop new ways of thinking.
Losing a loved one is a difficult event in anyone’s life. The loss can bring up a wide range of emotions including guilt and anger. Some people benefit from speaking openly to a counsellor about their feelings to help ease the process and resolve any remaining issues they may have.
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.
Suffering from a long-term illness such as cancer or dementia can turn anyone’s world upside down. Counselling can help sufferers come to terms with their illness while offering emotional support and coping mechanisms.
Many, many people suffer from low self-esteem and most of these will find this hard to talk about or change. Counselling provides a safe space to explore our vulnerabilities and find new ways to think about ourselves and make some permanent shifts in our confidence and ability to deal with people and situations.
Managing as a carer
More and more of us are finding ourselves taking on the responsibility for caring for elderly and disabled family members. This can be stressful and challenging as we feel the relationship changing and our own lives can feel restricted. Feelings of shame or guilt are common and counselling can be helpful.
Suffering from a mental health issue such as schizophrenia or depression can feel incredibly isolating. Counselling looks to discuss the feelings that arise in conjunction with these kinds of mental health issues, as well as overcome any personal challenges or frustrations.
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 even your relationships at work.
Separation & divorce
The experience of relationship breakdown, separation and divorce is very hard, distressing time. As a mediator with 10 years experience of supporting people through this process, I know how counselling can help understand your feelings, cope with the changes and find a way forward into your future.
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.