Our world has rapidly changed over the last few months.
What I have noticed is that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had an affect the mental health and wellbeing of many people.
It’s natural to struggle when times are uncertain and many of us have recently been facing uncertainty about our health, our finances, our jobs and our way of life. Even basic necessities such as making sure that we had enough food was challenging for many people as the supply and demand chain changed due to the pandemic.
Given the situation in the UK and worldwide, it would be hard not to worry about what this global pandemic means for yourself, and for those you love. Worry and anxiety are common problems at the best of times, and when worry and anxiety take over it can become all-encompassing.
There are many things that we can do to support and manage our mental wellbeing during this times.
I am currently offering face to face (observing all government social distancing and sanitising recommendations), online video and telephone counselling sessions where we can discuss strategies and tools which may help you to manage your mental health and wellbeing.
What is counselling?
Many people seek out counselling because they are experiencing emotional pain that is having an effect on their day to day life and their wellbeing.
Imagine if you had a splinter that was causing you irritation. You probably wouldn’t go rushing off to the doctor at first.
You would maybe try and remove the splinter yourself. Or you might wait and see if it would work itself out.
If it didn’t work itself out of it’s own accord or if you couldn’t remove it, you might ask someone – a friend or relative – to try and remove it for you.
Only if everything you tried didn’t work – and especially if the splinter was getting deeper and causing you pain, then you might seek out a professional to help you.
Just like dealing with the splinter – some people are able to deal with life’s events themselves and some people have friends or acquaintances that they can sit and talk with when things get tough and this can be really helpful.
But sometimes – when we cannot deal with whatever is going on for us and people in our lives aren’t able to help (or maybe we don’t want to talk to someone we know about whatever it is that is troubling us) – then professional counselling may be a way to alleviate the pain.
A counsellor is a professional who is trained to work at therapeutic depth with their client.
Counselling is a process that falls under the term ‘talking therapy‘. During this process we will explore the issues or problems that are causing your life to not ‘work’ for you or are causing you pain, suffering or upset.
I firmly believe that you know what is best for you and through counselling you can become more self-aware and understand how to be your own adviser.
In a safe, confidential environment, I will encourage you to talk about your problems, to uncover the root causes of what is causing you to suffer. This could be looking at how you relate to other people in different aspects of your life and any thoughts and beliefs that you have about your self.
The ultimate aim is that when you finish the process, you will be in a different psychological place and will have overcome what ever it was that was causing you pain or be able to cope more effectively with painful, difficult life events.
Everyone is an individual, so there is not a ‘one size fits all‘ counselling approach. Part of the counselling process is about using the various tools that I have in my ‘counselling toolbox’ to create an approach that is right for you. I trained as a person centred counsellor, which is my core approach and I have also completed professional development in other counselling approaches, such as Transactional Analysis and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy so I integrate different approaches into my work depending on the need of the client.
I feel humbled and privileged to counsel people, to be let into their lives, to tiptoe gently around their mind and to be trusted with their feelings.
Sometimes, the hardest step is to reach out and ask for help and I never underestimate the bravery and courage of the people that I counsel.