Who comes to counselling?
Who comes for counselling in Liverpool? People just like you and me. People from every walk of life and almost every age.
Most of our clients are individuals, but we also work with couples, sibling and family groups, even friends who are having difficulties in their relationship. Whatever your circumstances, it can help to talk to someone independent; someone who is not emotionally involved.
What issues do people bring?
People seek support from a counsellor for many reasons. Some come with a specific issue. Others because they know something isn’t working for them, even if they don’t know exactly what it is. Some people come in a crisis. Others use therapy as one tool in their toolbox for working through life.
It would be impossible to give a comprehensive list of the issues people bring to therapy, but here are some of the more common ones:
- Managing anger and other powerful feelings
- Stress and anxiety
- Depression and low mood
- Low self-confidence / self-esteem
- Couples counselling/relationship issues (of all kinds)
- Bereavement, loss and grief
- Self-harm and other unhelpful habits
- Obsessions, compulsions and control issues
- Past, current or childhood abuse
- Trauma and PTSD
- Bullying and conflict resolution
- Loneliness and isolation
- Redundancy/employment issues
- Pregnancy, miscarriage or termination
- Health issues
- Managing change and dealing with life events
If you don’t see the thing or things that are troubling you on the list, don’t worry. It’s far from exhaustive, and many people can’t identify what’s troubling them, anyway.
Even if you don’t know what is ‘wrong’, counselling can help. We will work with you to explore what you are experiencing and help you find effective ways of working through it.
Does counselling help?
We believe so, but then we would. So, don’t just take our word for it. Many studies have repeatedly shown that talking therapies make a significant difference over a wide range of mental health and well-being issues. The British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (BACP, 2008) published a systematic review considering the effectiveness of counselling in primary care. Their report concluded that counselling is highly effective in both the short and long term. Similarly, the NHS (2018) believes that talking therapies can be as or more effective than medication at treating a wide range of mental health conditions.
How counselling can help me?
Counselling helps you step back from your situation and see it from a fresh perspective. It gives you a safe, confidential and supportive space where you can explore difficult, complicated or painful issues at your own pace.
It’s often easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends, especially about difficult or personal issues. You might not want to burden friends and family, especially if they are going through the same thing or if they are personally involved. Sometimes it can be awkward, or embarrassing to talk about sensitive subjects, or you might fear being judged or shamed for what you say.
Talking with a trained counsellor is different. They don’t know you but will listen to you without judging you and without giving their opinion as to what you should do. They won’t give you their “answers” or try to “fix” your problems. Instead, they will help you find your own way through, whatever that might be.
Your counsellor will give you time to talk, cry, shout or think, whatever you need. They will provide a space in which you can look at your problems differently, with someone who listens and respects you and your opinions.
What’s the next step?
If you feel you are ready to start counselling in Liverpool, Sefton and surrounding areas, or if you have any questions about it, why not contact us? You can call us on 0151 329 3637 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. We would love to hear from you.
BACP (2008) Counselling in primary care: a systematic review of the evidence.
NHS (2018) Benefits of talking therapy.
NHS (2017) Counselling.
MIND (2018) Talk Therapy and Counselling.