Living in a difficult relationship/ situation can bring on feelings of helplessness and frustration, as well as guilt or despair. Early traumas or abuse can result in flashbacks and shame. It may be difficult to be completely open with friends and family, who can have their own agendas, however well-meaning. Talking to an impartial and professional listener often brings relief & may help you to find a way forward that works for you.
LOW CONFIDENCE/ SELF ESTEEM
Self-criticism or judgement from others can lead to indecision, fearfulness or an excessive desire to please others. Bullying by peers, authority figures or family can have a lasting impact on self-perception and confidence. It may feel difficult to even think about changing your life, but a counsellor will work at your pace to help you build a more positive image of yourself. This may lead to improved relationships and better choices.
loss and bereavement
Loss takes many forms – the death of a loved one, a miscarriage/ failed IVF, loss of a job and status through redundancy or retirement, loss of a family or home following divorce, loss of roots and identity through emigration, loss of youth, mobility, independence … In fact, any change can be hard to deal with and it can be helpful to share your feelings with someone who can work through them with you.
Do you find it difficult to find the motivation to do everyday things, or perhaps struggle to eat and/ or sleep? Depression can have an enormous impact on work and relationships, and leave many sufferers feel isolated. Sometimes they feel misunderstood, thinking others expect them to ‘snap out of it’. Counselling can help you to understand your feelings and to find ways of coping with life.