Sometimes it can feel hard to ‘admit’ to yourself that you need to see a counsellor. But, whilst feelings of anxiety, sadness or stress are normal human emotions, at times they can take on a life of their own, leaving you feeling out of control. At such times, it is important to talk to someone about what you are experiencing.
Difficult feelings can arise due to any number of reasons, including pressures in the workplace, money worries, turbulent relationships, a bereavement, or starting (or losing!) a job. Occasionally, we can feel under strain for reasons which are not obvious – because of something we are unable to identify on our own. Though it is not always possible to immediately tell what has caused us to feel the way we do, one thing is certain: minimising, dismissing or repressing feelings is almost guaranteed to make them worse.
Just as with physical ailments, no one should be expected to ‘cure’ themselves of mental distress. A counsellor is there to help you navigate your problem, understand your emotional and behavioural reactions to it, and help you develop new and healthier ways of responding.
The prospect of opening up to a stranger can feel frightening at first. This is normal – but it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t seek help. In fact, when it comes to emotional and mental distress, time is of the essence: the more quickly you access support, the better the likely outcome.
Our counselling is expressly designed to help you overcome specific problems in a short period of time. If you have something which is causing you anxiety but which you feel powerless to change on your own, we encourage you to get in touch.