Counselling is becoming increasingly popular, so how could it help you?
Counselling can provide a time and place in your busy life to take a look at what is worrying you with someone who is completely independent. How often do you have the time to talk about whatever you want without worrying about what the other person is thinking or feeling?
Together we can find ways to understand why you feel and behave the way you do, accept and make peace with things you cannot change and make positive choices to change things you can.
We can explore the choices you have in your life.
There are many theoretical approaches in counselling, from Humanistic, Person Centred therapy, where the counsellor purely works with what the client brings, to Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) which explores the way you think and feel about a situation and how that makes you behave, to Psychodynamic Theories which link issues back to your childhood. I have been trained to use any approach that may suit you.
The most important thing for successful therapy is to have a good therapeutic relationship with your counsellor. If you feel that you can trust them to treat you with respect and empathy and they are honest with you and don't judge, you are much more likely to be able to open up and say what you really think and feel.
In counselling, you can uncover and express your true feelings, reflect on your values and strengths, learn coping strategies and question and challenge things that you have always thought were 'set in stone'. You can release pent up emotions and learn to relate more truthfully with others.
Most importantly you can learn to understand, respect, care for and grow to like yourself.