DO YOU RECOGNIZE YOURSELF IN ANY OF THE FOLLOWING?
- Do you feel down for much of the time, perhaps even depressed?
- Are you struggling with relationship issues?
- Is your work-life balance out of sync?
- Would you like someone to talk to… without being judged?
- Would you like to be accepted for who you are… the whole you?
- Do you ever feel totally alone in the world… like nobody really cares?
- Do the same things keep happening to you over and over again… you can see a pattern, but you feel helpless to stop it?
- Do you feel no one is REALLY listening to what you are REALLY saying?
- Are issues from your childhood weighing you down, and you’d like to let them go?
- Perhaps you are recently bereaved and are overwhelmed by feelings of sadness, grief and anger?
- Are you just stuck… alive, but not really living your life, wanting to move forward and make choices in your life but afraid to do so?
Counselling can help with stress, grief, addictions, relationship issues, depression, anxiety, trauma, sexual abuse, low self esteem and many other issues. At Adytum we offer a safe space, whatever the problem.
These are just a few examples of issues that people may bring to a counselling session, and there are many more. Of course not everybody needs or wants counselling but for some it can be a way through a difficult time, when for whatever reason, they feel they are not coping as well as they would like. Some issues may have remained unresolved for years, while others can be suddenly triggered by life events.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is it confidential?
Yes, total confidentiality is at the very centre of our work with people.
Will people think I’m mad, going for counselling?
Attitudes to counselling are changing. Healing the mind is now seen as being just as important as healing the body. Everybody will experience an emotional crisis at some point and many feel the need to talk with someone outside their immediate circle of family and friends.
Will I have to talk about things I don’t want to?
No. The counsellor will go at your pace not theirs. The aim is to support, not cause further trauma.
How long is a session, and how long do I go for counselling?
Usually the sessions are about an hour long and most people choose to be seen once a week. The weekly sessions can continue for about six weeks, sometimes longer. This is discussed with the person in therapy and the counsellor.
Will a counsellor advise me on what to do?
Hopefully not! A counsellor will help you to look at all the options. You will make the decisions, as only you have the answers to your problems.
When is counselling needed?
Sometimes the difficulties in our lives become overwhelming, the reasons people seek counselling are as varied as the individuals themselves.
A personal or family crisis, and experience of illness or family bereavement, a change in work or domestic situation may bring on a period of strain and uncertainty. The person concerned may need to share their feelings with someone. Very often the issues raised are not easily shared with close family or friends. Feelings of shame, fear, guilt, anger, helplessness may be present but not easily understood or accepted by others. Advice may be given by friends, when what you actually need is for someone to listen to you, so you can try to work out what you really feel and where you want to go from this point in your life.
Talking to someone outside your immediate circle of friends or family, such as a trained counsellor/psychotherapist can be of help. Given the right atmosphere of trust and confidentiality each individual can, by sharing their thoughts and feelings, gain insight into the situation. They can discover for themselves the means to change their lives. Each counselling situation will be different according to the needs of the individuals.
What type of Counselling does Adytum offer?
Our therapists predominantly use a Person Centred approach to counselling. However, other therapies such as Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) may be used where appropriate. We encourage people to find their own solutions. We emphasise the need for people to strive towards reaching their full potential in life. By gaining awareness of why we feel and act as we do, we can try to live in a more positive and worthwhile way. The freedom to be yourself can be a liberating experience, reached by looking at the present, leaving behind crippling thought patterns that may have become entrenched over the years and moving forward to the future with a enhanced, centred view of life. The aim is to become a person, able to accept yourself ‘warts and all’ and through this develop a more balanced attitude to the issues surrounding you.
Change is possible at any point in our lives, but sometimes we may need support to make it happen. The first step can be hard, and if you need to talk to someone about your situation and whether or not counselling is for you, we would be happy to offer some professional guidance, with no obligation.
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