Why do people choose counselling/psychotherapy?
Below are among the most common issues that people find themselves looking for Counselling / Psychotherapy: -
Stress is a part of everyday life. Without it we would not get out of bed in the morning, but when stress becomes distress and we have run out of ideas or out of listeners, we may need professional help.
The symptoms of distress can manifest themselves in many ways such as prolonged sadness or anxiety. The person may feel more irritable than is usual for them, their sleep pattern may be disturbed and/or their appetite for food may change to under-eating or over-eating. There is a consensus among good health care providers that unremitting stress is an important factor in serious illness.
Anxiety is defined as nervousness, apprehension and self-doubt, that may or may not be associated with real-life stress. While we all experience some level of anxiety from time to time, people with anxiety disorder tend to have overwhelming, recurring feelings of dread and worry and struggle to live in the present, instead, constantly focusing on the future and the worry attached to that.
In addition to chronic worrying, other symptoms include confusion and difficulty concentrating, sleeplessness or restlessness, irritability, frustration and despair. Anxiety is one of the most common reasons why people seek therapy. As this can interfere with life, work and personal relationships, effective therapy can significantly reduce the symptoms of this condition. What’s more, clients can learn smart strategies to deal with their anxiety triggers.
All relationships come through difficult times. Many couples have problems expressing themselves or making each other understand their needs. Through counselling, clients can learn new ways of communicating and in turn enhance their relationships.
Self-esteem greatly affects our well-being. Having high self-esteem means feeling confident, considering ourselves to be valuable and respecting ourselves. Low self-esteem on the other hand, is associated with self-doubt, self-criticism, social isolation and shame. Therapy sessions can help you gain a stronger sense of self. A qualified therapist can help you become more assertive, confident and self-aware. He/she can help identify your strengths and other specific activities that boost your confidence and self-esteem.
Grief, Bereavement & Loss
Grief is a natural process of reaction and adjustment to loss and change. When we lose someone or something that is important to us, we grieve. Grief does not happen in a set way. Sometimes you might feel you are coping quite well, only to experience a burst of grief when you are reminded of your loss. It might help to remember that the thoughts and feelings will come and go as you try to come to terms with grief while living your day-to-day life.
There are many parts to grief you may not have expected. You may have physical symptoms, for example, feeling tired or unable to eat. You may struggle with questions about the meaning of life, your faith and your beliefs about what happens after death.
- Grief is a process and it takes time.
- Everyone’s grief is different.
- There is no right way to grieve.
- Strong emotions and thoughts are part of grief.
Many life transitions, even the good ones like a job promotion, childbirth or marriage, can come along with fears, anxiety and sadness. People in the midst of a life transition often feel a sense of loss, leading to stress and emotional difficulties. A good therapist can help you accept the changes brought about by life transitions, to begin to accept the future, to mourn and let go of the past and to find some sense of hopefulness and peace.
How much does counselling/psychotherapy cost?
My fee is set at €60 for each session. Each session lasts 50 minutes. A small number of low-cost places are available at a reduced fee of €35-€40 for clients on low income.
How often should I attend counselling?
It is recommended that clients attend weekly in order to build a trusting relationship and to continuously work through whatever issues are causing them difficulty in life. It is also suggested that clients attend for at least 6 consecutive weeks and then review their progress to discuss going forward.
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