We all face crises at some point in our lives and for some people this is a time when they may seek help through counseling. It might be worrying about work, feeling stressed, anxious about your children or parents, not getting on with your partner or simply feeling ‘down’ for no obvious reason. The aim of the service is not only to provide you with support at times of crisis but to also prevent difficulties developing into a crisis or burn-out.
Counseling offers privacy, confidentiality and the help of a skilled professional. Counselors are trained to listen attentively and objectively. They have the knowledge, skills and experience to help you understand yourself and your situation in a new light. They can help you explore your situation, acquire greater insight into what is happening and discover ways of improving the situation.
How does counseling help?
Counseling provides the opportunity to talk in a totally confidential environment with a professional who is trained to help you explore what is troubling you. The majority of people start counseling with a specific issue to address, but you do not need to be in a crisis to benefit from counseling.
Examples of reasons that bring people to counseling are perhaps a feeling that something is not quite right in one’s life, or that they could be performing better at work or be in more satisfying relationship. The counseling process can help clarify the underlying issues, help identify what are the causes of distress and explore new options and ways of dealing with one’s concerns.
Counseling can help to restore self-esteem and create a sense of confidence derived from the ability to look at ourselves in a more positive way and to make decisions with greater clarity.
As a result of counseling people feel more in control of their lives and better able to do something about what is not working for them.