Why have counselling?

People come for counselling for many different reasons. Usually there is something that is making them feel unhappy, unsafe, unbalanced, uncertain, and many other versions of un…’s.

There is no right or wrong reasons to have counselling, there are ways of working with the whole range of un’s that people experience.

It is important to remember that all counsellors are different and they work in different ways with different clients. There isn’t one set way of working and we are led by you as the client – so don’t think that you are beyond help or support, together we can find a way forward that works for you.

Some types of issues that clients present with are listed below but this is not an exhaustive list – there are far too many to list and too many variations of each.

– Family or personal relationship difficulties
– Stress
– Sexuality issues
– Feeling low, depressed or anxious
– Not achieving potential – personally and/or professionally
– Lack of motivation, apathy
– Dissatisfied with current life situation
– Coping with loss such as bereavement, separation or divorce
– Lack of self esteem
– Difficulties in coping
– Decision making
– Facing unemployment, redundancy or retirement
– Coming to terms with physical illness or disability
– Desiring change

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Through one-to-one individual counselling you will have the opportunity to learn more about yourself through exploring your current feelings about, and understanding of, whatever is going on in your life. At different times in our lives we all encounter difficult or painful experiences which we need to talk through with someone else. Family and friends can often be very supportive but there are times when you may not want to talk to someone close to you as they are also involved in the issue or you may not want to burden them with your feelings. Counselling can be a very rewarding and life changing experience for people at these times, the benefits are different for different people, but the work together is a very special and privileged journey. We work in a Person-Centred way, so our clients unique needs are always at the heart of our work.

Counselling is offered to individuals on a private basis via referrals from Doctors, nurses, social workers or other health care professionals. Clients are also welcome to refer themselves for private counselling. It may be that your GP has recommended counselling but the waiting list is too long. Please feel free to contact us and we can arrange to see you as soon as you wish.