It’s very common to experience low mood, anxiety or depression at some point in our lives. In counselling with me, rather than asking, "What's wrong with you?", I’m more interested in asking, "What's happened to you?" Very often, the mental and emotional problems we experience in life are a result of what we have been through or are currently going through. With the right support, which the therapeutic relationship can hopefully offer, it’s possible to overcome difficulties and find strength, happiness, meaning, purpose and fulfilment.
If you feel that life is a bit overwhelming right now or you’re not sure how to cope, it might be that it is the right time for you to try counselling. We could explore the possible causes of your difficult emotions in a safe, non-judgemental environment. This could provide you with an opportunity to work towards healthier life choices, better relationships, higher self-esteem and enable a balance in your life.
All too often, we act without thinking and are unaware of why we behave in a certain way. We may have repeating patterns of behaviour that we don't understand. We may want to change them, but just don't know how to. Together, we could consider what may have happened in your past which could be, often unconsciously, impacting on your present. Giving yourself the space and time to think about your behaviour can have a profound effect on the way that you live your life.
I understand the courage it requires to take the first step and seek help. However, I also know that it is possible to find a way through complicated personal issues and hard times and lead a happier and more productive life, with more meaningful relationships and less emotional instability.