ONE TO ONE ADULT/ADOLESENT COUNSELLING
Adolescent counselling helps young people explore their worries and anxieties that may be causing problems in their social, emotional or cognitive development. The therapeutic process allows young people opportunity to express difficult or confused thoughts and feelings in a safe environment and with clear boundaries that help young people to develop self awareness and build self-esteem.
Adult counselling provides a safe place to talk about difficult feelings and thoughts that are causing deep emotional pain that can become unbearable at times - these feelings can also make you feel sad, worthless and isolated. As an individual you will be listened to, your views and belief systems will be respected and never judged.
Counselling can be a way to look at your needs and support you in accepting situations that cannot be altered but can enable you to look at other ways to resolve matters in a way that gives you effective coping strategies.
Self-harm is more common than people realise, especially amongst younger people. However, people of all ages self-harm. Around 10% of young people self-harm but this is probably higher because not all people will seek help.
In many cases, people who self-harm do it to help themselves cope with overwhelming emotional issues, which may be down to social issues such as bullying, the workplace, relationships with friends or family issues. for some it maybe coming to terms with their sexuality or having to deal with cultural expectations, such as an arranged marriage.
Many people experience trauma – such as physical and emotional/sexual abuse. Others turn to self - harm after the death of a close family member or friend. There are psychological causes which lead to repeated thoughts or voices telling them to self-harm.
Any one of these issues can build-up intense feelings of anger, guilt, a feeling of hopelessness and self-hatred.
when a person can not find a place or who to turn to for help then self-harming may become a way to release these pent-up feelings. Being able to talk through your pain and emotional suffering can be the first stage of recovery. Talking therapies gives an individual the time and space to find a way forward and learn new coping strategies to ease the emotional pain or physical abuse experienced.
Many people think about suicide at some point in their lifetime, but you are not alone.
Suicide is when someone wants to intentionally take their own life, and feelings become preoccupied by abstract thoughts about ending their life. People who are suffering with suicidal thoughts may feel that others would be better off without them, to thinking about different ways of suicide, or making clear plans to take their own life.
If you are feeling suicidal, you might be scared or confused by these feelings and not know how to cope with the difficult thoughts you are experiencing. You might feel the life you have is too difficult and you don't want it to go on.
Talking therapy can give you a safe time and place to talk to someone who won't judge you, but will help you to make sense of things and understand yourself better. Your therapist can help you to resolve complicated feelings, or find ways to live with them. They can also, help you to recognise unhelpful patterns in the way you think or act, and find ways to change them, if that is what you want.
People with anxiety disorders frequently have intense, excessive and persistent worry and fear about everyday situations. Often, anxiety disorders involve repeated episodes of sudden feelings of intense anxiety and fear or terror that reach a peak within minutes (panic attacks).
Depression is a mood disorder that causes a persistent feeling of sadness and loss of interest. It can be a low mood and affects everyday life. Depression can range from mild form being in low spirit but doesn't stop you from carrying on everyday tasks, things are just a little bit tougher and seem to be less worthwhile. Depression at its most severe can be devastating and can make you feel suicidal or feel like giving up on life.
In many cases grief can be a strong and overwhelming
emotions that people go through when they lose someone close to them. At times they might find themselves unable to carry out daily routines because of feeling numb through an unbearable sense of loss. Bereavement and grief hold within a range of feelings such as sadness and anger. Within all this, the process of adapting to the loss of a loved one can vary massively from one individual to another. This will depend on a persons background, their belief systems and relationship to what they have lost.
Every persons experience of grief is unique and personal. Grief comes in many different forms such as the death of a loved one, a life change of circumstances such as divorce or losing a job. Your way of life, your personality, and experiences all have an affect on the grieving process. in counselling, your therapists will be able to tailor your treatment to meet your specific needs, enabling you in time to make a recovery from the loss and learn to adjust to a new life.
STRESS & TRAUMA (PTSD
Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety disorder which is caused by a stressful, frightening or distressing events. People who have PTSD can often relive the traumatic event through nightmares and flashbacks. They may experience feelings of isolation become irritable and experience guilt.
For some people with PTSD, sleeping is a problem such as insomnia, and find concentrating difficult and symptoms are often so severe and persistent, they can have an significant impact on the person's day-to-day life.
Your therapist may ask you to face your traumatic memories by thinking about your experience in detail. Through this process your therapist will help you to cope with any distressful thoughts and feelings, while at the same time identifying any unhelpful thoughts or misrepresentations you have about the experience. With help from your therapist you will be able to take control of your fears and stress by changing the way you think about your negative experiences.
Physical and emotional abuse is two forms of violence which can have permanent damaging effect on the victim’s psyche. It also includes sexual abuse. Physical abuse means hurting another person’s body by beating them up, handling them roughly and also through sexual abuse. Emotional abuse includes yelling, criticizing, demeaning and name calling.
Therapy is a safe place to express and process difficult emotions. A therapist will not judge you for how you respond to abuse and you may find yourself overwhelmed by emotions. Professional therapist use many types of therapy to help individuals manage their strong emotional feelings enabling them to separate negative thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations before they become too overwhelming.