People think about starting counselling for varying reasons:

  • Because they are experiencing relationship problems
  • They may feel sad, depressed, frustrated or angry towards someone or disappointed in themselves for not being able to cope
  • A recent bereavement or loss of a significant relationship, or sudden redundancy
  • Difficulty enjoying life and a general feeling of loneliness or sadness, even feeling life is rather meaningless at times
  • Feeling overwhelmed by everyday life or events
  • Low mood / feeling depressed for no obvious reason
  • Feeling anxious, very stressed, or overly concerned about the future
  • Financial worries
  • Struggling to deal with chronic health problems of their own, or someone close to them
  • Experiencing panic attacks or feeling excessively tense, worried or anxious
  • Feelings of confusion about identity
  • Low self-esteem / lack of confidence
  • Work related stress / bullying in the work place
  • Finding it difficult to form new relationships due to fear or shyness
  • Problems with eating; either over eating or under eating
  • Feeling angry a lot of the time and not understanding why, or feeling unable to control angry feelings
  • Feeling the need to tell someone in confidence that they were sexually, emotionally, or physically abused during their childhood
  • Wanting to make sense of domestic violence: why their partner is violent towards them or they act in inappropriate ways themselves
  • Dependency on alcohol or drugs