Life is full of stresses, pressures and choices, especially living in a city like London. Whoever you are or whatever you do, it’s likely that at some point you may encounter difficulty. Whether this is relates to coping with everyday problems at work or home or a bigger crisis involving loss, sudden change, or unmanageable feelings. Poor or destructive coping mechanisms, like drinking and other addictions can make existing problems worse and not sharing them means they can start to seem insurmountable. At these times, it can be good to talk.
Counselling is a way to help. Talking to someone who is trained to listen can help you think and identify your own solutions. In addition to supporting in times of struggle, it can also strengthen the ability to cope and strategize in the future. Counselling, or therapy can help highlight and make sense of troublesome feelings. It provides time and space to identify where they might come from, how they play out and what they mean for you. Regular sessions can be a way to reappraise familiar negative tendencies and to consider new ways of responding.
As the relationship with your therapist grows, your relationship with yourself improves. The awareness and self-knowledge gained in therapy can change things for the better. This is true for people experiencing depression, mood disorder or anxiety and for those who are encountering difficulties with the things and people around them. Counselling is not always an easy process. But things can and will change. One to one therapy can mend, guide and empower. It can help to consolidate resources and take stock of the internal, personal world.