How does counselling help?
In private practice counselling might be best for clients with everyday problems, while psychotherapy might be more appropriate for clients with severe or acute symptoms. In reality, however, you are likely to receive a blend.
Clients have many different reasons for coming to counselling or psychotherapy. Often, clients encounter distressing or stressful experiences or situations which they’d like to talk about in a safe setting.
Distressing or stressful experiences might include present circumstances of bereavement orseparation. It might include major life transitions or experiences from the past, from childhood for example.
Some people seek counselling to help them deal with specific psychological or behavioural traits which they’d like to alter, such as compulsive thoughts or difficulties relating to other people.
Others seek counselling to help them explore a general feeling that their lives are not quite right, or to cope with feelings of depression or anxiety. Some look to counselling as part of their effort to discover or create meaning in their lives.
Many people are attracted to counselling as an opportunity to undertake positive personal development in a safe and supportive environment: you don’t need to have ‘a problem’ to find counselling useful.
Counselling for depression helps and supports people who are suffering from feelings of unhappiness, sadness and distress. These negative feelings may come and go, they may be constant and they may become serious.