People come to counselling to get help with problems or difficulties in their life. Challenges are often psychological, social or physical in nature, for example:
The problems or difficulties we all experience are rarely limited to a single area of human experience, instead, they often influence multiple areas of life. For example, while infertility is a ‘physical’ issue, it frequently has both social and psychological consequences. Some traumatic experiences, such as abuse, violence, accidents or early childhood adversity, may influence all aspects of a person’s being.
Counselling may involve listening, support, information, guidance, improved self-knowledge and/or the space to learn and practice new ways of being. How a problem is addressed will depend on the impact that problem is having on your life. Counselling can help to:
- Develop a greater understanding of yourself and the problems you face
- Increase your understanding of your emotional states, triggers and unhealthy emotional responses
- Develop a range of coping strategies that will help you to address challenges, increase resilience and make change in everyday life
- Reduce unwanted or negative patterns of thought or behaviour
- Improve relationships and increase support networks
- Improve communication
- Define wellbeing goals and implement self-care techniques
The issues experienced by each person are unique; as such, counselling is tailored to your individual needs.