“Someone to tell it to is one of the fundamental needs of human beings.”
— Miles Franklin
Have you been saying or feeling it’s all just a bit too much? Too much to get done. Feeling overwhelmed or out of control?
Got that sense you want to escape from the pressure?
There are different types of stress and not all of them are bad for us. Learning to cope well enough at any given time with what you have on your plate can reduce the influence of negative stress.
Anxiety is part of everyday life and it impacts each of us in our daily lives differently. Millions of people struggle with anxiety and its symptoms every day.
Working to alleviate the negative impacts of anxiety is not an overnight process but there are ways to provide relief and reduce some symptoms and causes. Learning to recognise what triggers your anxiety and the symptoms that come with that triggering is an important first step towards getting you on track for a better sense of happiness and wellbeing.
It’s normal to feel sad or have a couple of “off” days but when these feelings don’t go away after a couple of weeks this may be depression. There are different types of depression and how depression is experienced is different for each person too.
An ongoing sense of hopelessness or lack of enjoyment in activities you usually find pleasurable may be indicators of depression. As are withdrawing from people you like and avoiding talking to people you know. The way we sleep, eat and concentrate can be affected by depression and can affect the way we manage daily tasks and activities.
Depression can lead us to dark thoughts and moods. There is no “quick fix” solution to depression. Counselling can support you to work with your feelings and reduce the impact of depression.
If you are concerned about the safety for yourself or someone (click here) to find telephone or text support from a 24/7 suicide helpline
TRANSITIONS AND LIFE STAGES
We all change.
Learning to live with getting older or planning for a different future?
Life is full of challenges that may confuse or unsettle us. We move from one role to another and we can feel anxious or depressed as we learn to adapt. Maybe someone we care about is going through one of these transitions and we would like to support them better or take better care of ourselves as we take care of others.
We define who we are in relation to others. We find meaning in sharing. Relationships are a driving force in what and why we find certain things important so it’s understandable that long- or short-term conflict or change in any of our relationships can be unsettling.
Whether the conflict is about intimacy, virtual infidelity, sexual or relationship orientation, parents, a partner, a child, sibling, spouse, team mate or colleague if you want things to be different or to feel more connected in your relationships, working with a counsellor can reduce some of the stressors and build some strategies to improve interactions with others.
GRIEF AND LOSS
It can be overwhelming when a loved one, a dear friend, a dream we had, a pet or our health is no longer available to us. We can experience a vast range of emotions that can change how we see and experience the world. We may be feeling pressure to “move on” or “move past”.
If you are reading this now, I’m so sorry for your loss.
We all grieve in our own way, counselling may provide some support to you whilst you navigate through this experience.
What is spirituality? Is it faith? Do you feel you are connected (or not) to more than just yourself?
Do you wish you could be more connected? What are spiritual dilemmas and existential crisis’s? Are you questioning where you are now? Or where your beliefs came from?
I offer a safe, non-judgmental, non-discriminatory and free denominational space to consider this aspect of our humanity and its influence on your daily life.
IDENTITY AND SELF ESTEEM
This “sense of self’ drives our ambitions, how we set goals, what we dare to dream and in which groups we feel comfortable. Having a positive self-value is important to our confidence, identity, self-esteem and sense of belonging.