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Counselling is just for people in distress right!?

5 ways counselling can help 'before' we get there

If you said 'I don't need counselling, there are far more people in need of counselling than me, I'm not THAT bad' - my response to that is, how bad do you need things to get before you reach out for a little extra support? Once you've broken a bone do you wait until you've broken a few more until getting some help? Of course not, and the same applies with counselling, whatever your question, maybe counselling could be your answer.

Distress occurs when stress is severe, prolonged, or both. Whilst Counsellors are trained to help people who are in emotional and psychological distress (for example difficulties functioning, panic attacks, delusions, suicidal) but imagine how many people could be prevented reaching that level of distress by feeling supported in untangling their thoughts and emotions and speaking out much much earlier? We don't suddenly become distressed, its a build up and we have certainly had a lot building up over the past few years haven't we!?

Here are some ways counselling can help:

1. Getting to Know Yourself:

Counselling can help you discover more about who you are, your values, beliefs, and what really matters to you. For example as a working mother, you may find yourself juggling multiple roles and responsibilities, leaving little time for self-reflection and when you do you're not really sure who you are anymore. Amidst the whirlwind of caring for others and managing work commitments, it's easy to lose sight of your own identity and needs. This is where counselling can make a significant difference helping to give space and time to work out who you really are now and what you really need.

2. Coping with life changes and navigating life's crossroads:

Whether it's bereavement of a loved one or big decisions or tough problems such as going through a redundancy process or facing a divorce, times like these can be incredibly overwhelming and emotionally taxing. These life events mark significant crossroads that can leave you feeling uncertain and anxious about the future. It's normal to experience a mix of emotions, including fear, grief, anger, and confusion. During such challenging times, counselling can be a beacon of support and guidance, offering you a safe space and the tools and clarity to navigate these crossroads with confidence.

3. Dealing with Stress:

Feeling overwhelmed by stress is completely normal, especially when there is a lot happening all at once - counselling can equip you with techniques to manage stress and improve your overall well-being. You'll gain tools for managing those big emotions and clarity about what truly matters to you, and that will give you the confidence to make those big choices and face your challenges head on, like having a secret weapon to conquer the tough times.

4. Building Better Relationships:

We are pack animals at our heart so it's natural to want to keep everyone happy, but sometimes, it can leave you feeling overwhelmed and sacrificing your own needs. In counselling, you'll discover empowering ways to set boundaries and communicate your feelings effectively. Whether it's with a partner, parents, siblings, or anyone else, counselling can guide you in fostering healthier dynamics and understanding each other better. You'll uncover the power of open communication and finding common ground with your loved ones to make your relationships stronger and healthier.

5. Mastering Your Emotions:

If you often find yourself overwhelmed by emotions, like getting easily angered or feeling anxious, and notice it's impacting your relationships with loved ones, counselling can be your compass to navigate through these stormy waters. For instance, during a heated argument with a friend, you might find it hard to control your frustration, leading to hurtful words that you regret later. Counselling can provide you with effective techniques to recognise and handle these intense emotions, helping you respond calmly and compassionately, ultimately strengthening your connections with others and yourself.

Counselling is like a secret superpower that can support us all in so many ways. Give it a try and book an appointment. I can be your proactive support and cheerleader

at almost all stages of life, even before you get 'that bad' - like personal training for the mind - helping you tone up your thinking, recognise and build up your inner strength and empowering you to live your best life.

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