Counselling helps

To say that counselling helps doesn’t mean it helps with every issue, every time. Neither does it mean that counselling is necessary every time we feel distressed: simply being human involves feeling distressed sometimes. It's when our distress feels troublingly confusing, or painfully overwhelming, that working with a counsellor may be worthwhile.

Throughout my counselling experience it has been my privilege to work with many very special people, facing a huge variety of profound challenges. These have included people from all walks of life, of varied: age, social background, education and professional status, sexual orientation, gender/transgender identity, ethnicity, physical ability, religious faith….. and more.

It has been my experience that while counselling may not always bring the ultimate resolution of our difficulties, overwhelmingly, it helps. Whether or not therapy can work for you is a hugely difficult question to answer definitively and reliably: each individual and every counselling relationship is uniquely complex and every counselling experience is different.

This said, in my experience, counselling can be helpful with many life difficulties, whatever their significance, these include:

* feelings of stress, depression and/or anxiety
* low self confidence/self worth
* self caring, making healthier choices, about eating, drinking, drugs,...
* sexual orientation and gender/transgender identity issues
* work related difficulties
* trauma and abuse, including sexual abuse - both victims and perpetrators
* anger management
* family matters, including relationship difficulties and bereavement