Wondering if therapy is right for you? You are not alone. The need for counselling or therapy may be difficult to identify because each person’s experience of mental distress is unique. It takes a lot of courage and self-awareness to recognise that your life is not how you want it to be or your hopes and dreams haven’t been fulfilled. Some need counselling in response to childhood trauma, relationship issues or unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and want to learn new tools and techniques for personal growth.
A counsellor or therapist isn’t going to solve your problem, but they can help you clarify your thoughts, uncover your needs, identify the issues that cause you distress and impact your life. You will learn how to make healthier choices and develop coping strategies to manage difficult situations.
Counselling is beneficial for everyone – it’s preventative and is an important investment in our mental health and wellbeing. Intuitive Resolution can assist you in attaining a better understanding of yourself that leads to a fulfilled life.
As we move through life, we experience numerous changes – becoming parents, losing a job, going through a divorce, having to relocate, retiring or experiencing the death of a loved one. Some people manage those life transitions well but others struggle with strong emotional responses like pain, regret, anxiety, anger, fear, shame, helplessness, resentment, guilt or sadness. Some might still struggle with the “what ifs?” of transition – what if I hate my new job? what if I can’t manage on my own?
Counselling gives you the opportunity to talk through your life transition and how it affects your thoughts and emotions. You can rebuild your life, change the way you think and respond differently by becoming aware of how you are managing life’s pressures and transitions, rather than look to the past with regret.
How often do family and friends give you completely honest feedback? Their immediate reaction is either to minimise or skirt around the issues because it’s not their place to tell you the truth. They are too emotionally connected to you to be objective and their views can also be coloured by their own experience.
This is the real benefit of counselling. I will act in your best interest to provide honest, constructive feedback and strategies to assist you. You can share your thoughts and feelings without being judged or worrying about how these emotions might impact your relationships.
Some of the reasons for seeking help include:
- Feeling constantly stressed or anxious
- Experiencing panic attacks
- Feeling helpless, hopeless, or you just can’t cope
- Experiencing big changes in your mood, or temperament
- Is constantly irritated and/or emotional
- Feeling empty/unfulfilled
- Experiencing significant changes in sleep schedule, diet, and other daily habits
- Avoiding social engagements
- Lost of interest in hobbies and other activities you normally enjoy
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your personal goals and values.
- Addressing relationship issues with others.
- Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures.
- Communicating effectively.
- Developing skills for improving your relationships.
- Learning how to listen and be listened to.
- Breaking unhealthy patterns of behaviour.
- Discovering new ways to solve your problems.
- Improving your self-esteem and your self-confidence.