What is counselling?
Counselling is an opportunity for a person, couple or family to talk to a professionally trained therapist about the difficulties they are experiencing. These discussions occur in the context of a supportive, non-judgmental therapeutic environment and are typically focused on thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The counsellor’s role is to listen attentively and to offer support, advice and new perspectives on the issue.
Common reasons why people seek counselling:
- Self esteem and feelings of unworthiness/inadequacy
- Body image concerns
- Emotional impact of health issues
- Depression, chronic feelings of sadness, guilt or shame
- Anxiety and the tendency to overthink
- Difficulty managing stress or emotions
- Grief and loss
- Issues pertaining to gender and sexual identity
- Dealing with past or current trauma
- Life transitions (shifts in career, relationships)
- Relationship difficulties
- Challenges of parenthood
- Difficulties with addiction (substances, gambling, or sex addiction)