Why Counselling. Library Image: Depressed Youth

Why Counselling?

Crisis can hit at any time, it doesn’t come with a warning - or it can creep up on you without you noticing. You sometimes only know you're in crisis when you feel depressed, lonely, anxious, struggling to cope at work or with the family, your relationship is falling apart and your sleep is broken. Life in general is unravelling and you're left feeling helpless, worthless and lost - you may have noticed your physical health deteriorating as well.

Struggling through emotional difficulties can feel overwhelming and everything seems out of control. Sometimes you can talk to family and friends, but they don’t always have the tools to help you get your life back on track, or you feel your issues are such that you can’t turn to them.

Why do I hurt?

There may have been a traumatic experience in your past which you have never spoken about and buried so deeply and effectively that you even question whether it really happened – all you know is that something is hurting you and stopping you from living a normal fulfilled life.

You may be feeling rejected by your partner, or struggling to cope with the full reality of divorce and it's aftermath, or another recent event which has thrown your life into chaos.

I understand how difficult it is to live this way. I also know how hard it can be to decide to seek help. Starting counselling is an act of courage, but when life hurts to that extent, it is important to know that you're not alone.

When life hurts - it's important to know you're not alone

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Letting go

There is no magic wand and although Counselling cannot promise to help you forget your experiences, it can help to make those experiences just past memories - it can empower you to let go of the accompanying negative emotions and behaviours that are contributing to your pain and ability to cope with life at present.

Understanding your feelings and behaviours is one of the first steps in enabling you to bring positive changes to your life and to your well being.

Every time you are tempted to react in the same old way, ask if you want to be a prisoner of the past or a pioneer of the future.” – Deepak Chopra