People sometimes think counselling is only for those who have experienced severe trauma. It’s not. My clients don’t always even know the cause of their discomfort. They just know that something isn’t quite right.
Let’s take the example of someone who struggles to build healthy relationships. Perhaps they’ve experienced rejection or discrimination in the past that led to them becoming mistrustful. Their self-esteem has suffered and deep down, they may feel that they don’t deserve a loving relationship.
Through counselling, they can work through the cause of their difficulties – the rejection – to improve the symptoms – low self-esteem and mistrust. By doing so, they can break the pattern of unhealthy relationships.
Counselling and Psychotherapy help us to understand ourselves better. We learn more about why we feel and act the way we do. We learn coping mechanisms and start to move past the old traumas that are holding us back so that we can lead an authentic and fulfilling life.
This then brings many other benefits. For example, you could:
You may have a goal in mind. Or you might just want to breathe easier and feel mentally stronger. Whatever your reason for seeking counselling, the next step in your journey is to get in touch.
LGBTQ+ people can often face discrimination and rejection, even from those closest to them.
I work with sexual and gender diverse clients to help them overcome the trauma they’ve experienced.
You may feel misunderstood and unheard.
I’m here to listen.
It’s difficult to come to terms with a life changing health condition. The challenge is even greater when there’s stigma around that condition, as is the case with HIV, addiction-related illnesses and so on. You may feel angry, let down and isolated. And you may blame yourself or those around you.
I help people to navigate the emotional trauma around their health condition.
It’s easy to bottle things up, but talking is crucial. Counselling allows you to work through your pain and rebuild your life. That life might look different to the one you expected, but it’s no less valid. The need for openness is one of the reasons I developed a peer support group for people with HIV which enables them to share their experiences in a safe environment.
If you want to explore whether therapy is right for you, please do get in touch.