Counselling and Therapy is something that I have been doing for a long time and I really enjoy it! As cringe-worthy as it sounds I am one of those people who has been
lucky enough no, self-aware and pro-active enough to have found a career that energises and satisfies me. If you were to take a look at my bookshelves at home and at work you would see that they are groaning with psychology-related, coaching, health and personal development books that I choose to read in my spare time. Totally nerdy I know!
Some of the issues I see and treat in my practice are:
- Depression – feelings of sadness, loss of motivation, sleep disturbance, indecisiveness, fatigue.
- Anxiety – feeling unsafe, excessive worry, agitation, social anxiety, phobias, obsessions, panic.
- Stress – unable to switch off or wind down, feeling life is out of your control, excessive snappiness/irritability, stress related health issues.
- Postnatal depression – low mood, feeling irritable or disconnected from your baby, excessively fatigued.
- Grief and loss – death or separation from a significant person or pet.
- Adjustment issues – relationship breakdown, the loss of a job, becoming a parent or any other change in your life.
- Pre-marital counselling and pre-baby counselling – forewarned is forearmed!
- Relationship distress – although I am no longer taking new family or couple clients.
- Workplace issues – performance concerns, bullying or harassment.
- Self-esteem, assertiveness and confidence issues.
The therapy path usually goes something like this:
Initial assessment – I want to understand your life context, family history, general health status.
Identification of needs – what is it you want from therapy, what’s missing or getting in the way of you being well and at your best?
Building insight – learning to understand yourself inside and out.
Learning new skills and ways of thinking – getting practical and learning how to work smarter not harder to achieve your goals.
Taking action – practising the new skills and ways of thinking in your real life context.
Feeling better – hmmm, yes please!
Building self-awareness – through Life Coaching as a means of preventing further relapse.
Monitoring and maintenance – helping you stay on the right path over the longer term.
Not all therapy goes this way or is in this order but it’s a pretty good guide for what to expect. Sometimes clients are only with me for a short while and we focus on one aspect. Often clients get stuck on one or more of the stages and we have to dance around a bit. More often than not it is the action phase that clients struggle with as it involves the real life application of what has been discovered in session. It’s the hardest part as it is relatively easy to understand a problem but often quite challenging to fix it (otherwise you would have done it yourself!)
Taking advantage of the professional services offered by someone like me makes sense if your usual strategies for living are no longer enough to get you by or keep you fulfilled. We invest huge amounts of money in throw-away material possessions yet spend so little on investing in our own mental health and wellness. TAKE ACTION TODAY and begin your journey into wellness!