There are lots of different types of therapies and approaches, but all ‘talking therapies’ are really about giving you a space to talk to someone in confidence without fear of being judged.
No matter what type of counselling or therapy you choose, your therapist will want to give you the space to explore things, to talk about things that perhaps you can’t discuss with anyone else, and to feel as though you are being really listened to and understood.
People come to therapy for all sorts of reasons and I have experience of working with many different issues, such as:
- Coping with feelings such as stress, anger, depression and anxiety
- Lack of confidence and self-esteem
- Loss of a sense of self, purpose or meaning
- Relationship issues with family, friends or a partner
- Bereavement and coping with loss
- Issues from past childhood or traumatic events
- Unwanted negative thoughts and feelings
It can be a scary prospect, the idea of talking about something that you’re finding difficult. Often we feel we should be able to cope on our own or that we are a failure if we need help. Because it feels difficult to ask for help, we can fall into a trap of trying to ignore or bury our difficult thoughts, feelings and experiences.
Over time this way of coping can stop working or we might begin to feel tired, frustrated or exhausted, wanting to find a new way of coping with life’s challenges. Therapy can offer a space to begin to explore this, with things moving at your own pace – your therapist will want to respect and understand that this isn’t easy for you.
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