At times in life, we can find ourselves struggling to manage the many demands and expectations of our various environments and relationships, and especially the conflicts they generate. We can feel backed into a corner, stuck and uncertain what to do or how to release ourselves from seemingly relentless and inescapable pressures. The build-up of stress from these tensions can even trigger a breaking point. Differences with others appear entrenched and irreconcilable; feelings of frustration, anxiety and isolation begin to escalate. Warning signals can show up in a range of symptoms and, if unresolved, we may be risking the breakdown of our physical, mental and social health.
There are also certain life events, particularly of loss (of a loved one, of employment, of health or of trust) which throw us off balance, and pitch us into a world that suddenly feels unstable and unsafe, leading us to question much we had previously taken for granted.
During these times, the service offered by counsellors and psychotherapists is the provision of a sanctuary: a secure, highly confidential and non-judgemental space in which to be listened to, and supported. It provides the comfort of knowing that another is committed to being alongside you throughout these darker days.
Lastly, it is not always necessary, or advisable, to wait for a crisis before asking for help. Sometimes, troubling feelings can surface without an immediately apparent cause or circumstance. In these cases, the counsellor or psychotherapist can help you examine the nature of what you are experiencing, trace its roots and help you dispel your discomfort.
A professional psychotherapist has both the psychological training and the experience of clinical practice to offer quality support and guidance. My aim is to work sensitively with you throughout your process, and to help you find a way which feels most right for you.
Some concerns which may lead to seeking out professional help:
- Lack or loss of confidence
- Relationship difficulties
- Work-related problems
- Managing change
- Effects of trauma and/or abuse
- Finding your creativity, your purpose and joy