There are as many reasons for seeking counselling or psychotherapy as there are people. Maybe you have been feeling sad or upset for a while, or you have experienced a recent stressful event or painful anniversary.
Maybe you have noticed that your past and present experiences appear to be somehow interlinked, or that old and familiar patterns are getting in the way of the changes you want to make in your life.
Whichever are your concerns, I believe everyone, including you, is special and unique. Therefore, it is important to think about you as a whole and individual person, and not just the 'symptom' or initial reason that led you to seek counselling or psychotherapy. It may also be meaningful to consider the community in which you live and work, and your wider environment and world view.
It is only through self-discovery and working out our difficulties, be that problems with relationships, feelings of depression, anxiety or stress, that we get to learn about ourselves and truly understand how we want to live our life.
“It is a joy to be hidden, and a disaster not to be found.”
These are some of the reasons why people might come to counselling or psychotherapy:
- feeling anxious or stressed
- coming to terms with a bereavement or significant loss
- problems with bullying and harassment
- life-transitions such as marriage/partnerships, births or retirement
- unresolved issues from your past or childhood
- feeling depression or sad
- difficulties forming and maintaining relationships
- struggling with eating disorders and body image
- experiences of racism and discrimination
- gender and identity issues
- wondering about religion and faith
- self harm and suicidal thoughts
- social anxiety and feeling isolated