Types of counselling:

 

Grief & Loss Counselling

 

Grief and loss is a personal, unique experience that is expressed and experienced in many different ways.

Grieving is not a process that can be rushed as there is usually a number of stages that a person needs to go through before fully understanding and accepting their difficult feelings. The intensity of grief and loss can often feel extremely overwhelming and may interfere with a person’s ability to think clearly, which indeed can impact upon their everyday functioning.

Grief often presents itself in an unusual and even disturbing way, which is likely to dominate other emotions to the point of feeling emotionally drained and fixated on a certain train of thought.

 

Some common responses to grief include:

   Shock

   Anger

   Sadness

   Guilt

   Remorse

   Loneliness

   Anxiety

 

Although these are common responses to grief and loss, when they become so overwhelming to the point of finding it difficult to fully experience other emotions, grief counselling is crucial as it will explore and address your personal needs at your own pace. It is important to spend the time focusing on you and what you need in the present moment.

Some days, you may feel as though the cloud of grief is finally passing and you are able to function normally. On other days, you may feel crushed by it all and unable to cope.

 

Grief counselling can help you with:

   Working through painful memories and emotions

   Acceptance

   Living with your grief and making it manageable

   Learning to enjoy life without guilt

 

Grief can be an incredibly isolating emotion, especially if people around you expect you to move on with your life when you don’t feel ready. Setting achievable goals and implementing effective strategies is the key to a positive and successful path forward.

Sarah has a warm and client-centred approach to therapy which helps clients to feel supported and heard.

 

 

General Counselling

 

No matter who we are, challenges often come our way somewhere along our life journey. With our own resources and the support of others, we may be able to work through these issues ourselves and move forward in our lives. However, there are times, because we are human, that life can feel confusing, overwhelming and sometimes out of our control. There may also be times when we feel sad or anxious without really being able to pinpoint why. Sometimes it can be difficult to face these challenges alone and seeking support is the best option for us.

Counselling is a process of supporting you to identify and work through these issues. These may involve difficult life experiences or past issues that impact on our present feelings or behaviours. They may include issues around:

   Personal relationships

   Family dynamics

   Social or work life

You may be struggling with thoughts and feelings about yourself or having difficulty making sense of your own life direction and purpose. You may be experiencing feelings of anxiety or grief associated with trauma or loss.

Whatever you bring to counselling, Sarah will work alongside you to help make sense of your experience and help you to move forward in a constructive and positive way. For some clients, simply talking through issues can be a helpful process, while others may be looking for more specific guidance or strategies to support them through a difficult time. Together we will identify the most constructive and useful way that we can support you to make sense of your experience and bring about positive change in your life.

 

Anxiety and Depression Counselling

 

Anxiety and sadness are normal human emotions that can often be appropriate and healthy responses to a troubling situation. However, when either anxiety or depression linger for a substantial period of time or are frequently triggered, it can have a devastating impact upon your life, making usual day-to-day activities extremely difficult to manage.

Anxiety left untreated can lead to Depression, is often characterised by feelings of fear, heightened worry or uneasiness.

Anxiety is a normal response when feeling threatened, vulnerable or under pressure and produces a physical response to allow you to feel sharp and alert. However, these physical reactions usually disappear once the stressful situation or stressor has passed.

It is when the anxiety remains heightened for a significant period of time that it can begin to negatively impact upon your life, at which point counselling is extremely beneficial. 

Although there are similiarities between Anxiety and Depression, symptoms of Depression can be severe lack of energy or drive, a flat affect which is a complete lack of emotion along with slowed thinking and behaviours or severe appetite change, headaches and sleep problems. Again, untreated for long periods of time, Depression can severely impact upon your life, this is when counselling may help.