You don’t have to have a mental health problem to benefit from counselling. If you feel you are stuck in a rut and don’t know how to begin changing your life, if you have a dilemma or feel you are at a crossroads and struggling to decide what next. It can be hard to talk to friends and family about these things, everyone tends to have an opinion or their own agenda. Perhaps what you need is a space where you can come and have a sounding board to explore your options and come to the right decision for you.
These days we all tend to give much attention to our physical health: we make better lifestyle choices, take supplements, get exercise – all designed to prevent medical problems occurring later and help us lead a fuller and more enjoyable life.
But maybe we neglect our emotional and mental health. The link between psychological stresses and physical health problems has been well established – counselling can be a valuable part of improving our whole well-being, not just something to resort to in a crisis.
You might be struggling with difficult relationships or work stress, you might have anxiety or depression, you might be going through life changes such as bereavement or retirement. Or you might feel that events from your past are holding you back. Whatever you are going through you will want a safe, warm space to express your feelings with someone who understands. Then you can explore how to make positive changes or adjust to life circumstances and move forward. The link between psychological stress and physical poor health is clear, so making our emotional well-being a priority has far-reaching benefits in preventing longer-term ill health.
Counselling can help with a wide range of life’s challenges, including:
- Life changes:
- “Empty nest”
- Family separation
- Dilemmas and difficult decisions
- Work stress
- Family issues
- Low self-esteem
- Issues from childhood
- Exploring identity