Everyone faces challenges in life. That’s natural. However, sometimes aspects of our life can become difficult or distressing to cope with or even overwhelming.
The cause can be anything. We all have to deal with unexpected life events – such as a bereavement, a relationship breakdown or ill-health. Many people can experience work problems. Anyone may over time develop a complete lack of confidence or purpose in life. Difficulties may also relate to deeper-rooted issues that we have held and which have affected our lives in the long-term. Relationships can develop problems for a number of reasons, often due to lack of communication, additional pressure on time due to family commitments, affairs, loss of shared plans or ‘losing touch’ with each other.
It may feel like a weakness to disclose vulnerability, but it actually takes courage to ask for help to deal with the issues that you face.
Talking to friends and family may be difficult, as no matter how supportive or well-intended, they may offer advice based on their own views, experiences of life and expectations of the person you’re ‘supposed’ to be or what you ‘should’ do. In therapy, you can be accepted as yourself and express your true thoughts and emotions without judgement and be empowered to make any changes you want.
Many people ask what the difference is between counselling and psychotherapy? Essentially, they are the same ‘talking therapies’ but counselling tends to be shorter term, dealing with current problems, whereas psychotherapy tends to be longer term, addressing deep-rooted issues and may involve exploring early experiences. Further information can be found here, Individual Counselling & Psychotherapy
Couples Counselling allows you the opportunity to explore differences between you that are problematic without anyone ‘taking sides’ and helps you gain a better understanding of each other and your needs to enable you to make the right choices for both of you and for your relationship. Further information can be found here, Couples/Relationship Counselling
Whatever is concerning you, your therapist will respect and accept your perspective, and help you work through the problem to help you understand it and make changes in your life that are right for you.
Therapy is an investment in your future well-being.