If you have problems, issues or dilemmas that are controlling your enjoyment of life you may want to consider counselling, as an effective form of addressing, clarifying and dealing with these concerns. Counselling is available in many forms and can help people make progress in a variety of ways. Understanding and acknowledging that there is no longer any stigma attached to seeking emotional support will enable you to access the type of therapeutic support that you will most benefit from.
Why Do You Need Counselling?
Do you have difficulty expressing emotional concerns, identifying issues and moving forward with your life? Do you have limiting beliefs, anxiety problems or other dilemmas that stop you from making positive progress?
Perhaps you are experiencing major life changes, dealing with separation or divorce, or loss or grief, and have no-one you can readily confide in? If you have a history of abuse and/or addictions or find it difficult to relate to other people counselling may also provide you with a positive outlet and secure and supportive environment in which to explore your difficulties.
Counselling provides a useful, supportive role in the lives of people from all walks of life, and is no longer looked about suspiciously. Understanding, and accepting, that we all need help from time to time will enable you to assess whether or not you would benefit from counselling support.
Methods Of Counselling
There are different ways of attaining counselling support, and as long as you are receiving a confidential, supportive and motivational service the method you choose is generally down to personal preference.
If you feel comfortable sharing your experiences in a face-to-face setting individual counselling may work well for you. Counselling sessions generally last 50 minutes and are allocated at regular weekly intervals. You will be able to discuss concerns and emotional issues with a counsellor in their place of work – this could be a private practice, local health centre or other applicable location.
Any information you share with the counsellor or therapist is totally confidential, although notes may be kept on record for future reference. Being able to open up to a counsellor in person has many beneficial aspects and can help an individual make steady progress in overcoming problems.
You can experience counselling from the comfort of your home, although this supportive service is not widely available. The same benefits as individual counselling are on offer although you have the added privacy of being in surroundings that are familiar to you. Should you be interested in telephone counselling however, you may have to search for a counsellor who is willing to provide this service.
This method of counselling requires the individual to share their personal experiences with others who are experiencing similar problems, concerns and issues. The group meets at regular intervals, and sessions can be facilitated by a qualified counsellor or an appointed member of the group. By sharing knowledge and understanding in this way individuals form a supportive network with others, which in turn provides an additional framework of support.
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Shazabell - Your Question:
I was 15 when my sister left her new born, she now has 6 children. Her first born daughter had twisted bowls. My sister lives a live of crime and crack and has never tried to change, I got in touch with my niece who I love deeply but I can't get passed the fact that I let her down, it is destroying me day by day
I am sorry to hear this and you certainly should not have to shoulder this guilt yourself. Feeling guilty about something is not going to change the fact this happened, but it can have an effect on you emotionally and physically if you let it keep eating away at you. In your case, you were 15, therefore you would have been unable to do anything about it even if you wanted to as you were too young to take responsibility. The fact you are in touch with your niece, and you have these feelings of love towards her will help you move forward. If you feel the need, you can apologise for what happened because of your sister. What you can do to move forward is to spend the time you have missed with your niece. Being part of her life and building a good relationship with her now will hopefully help you absolve yourself of this uneccessary guilt.
TheCounsellorsGuide - 29-Feb-16 @ 2:05 PM
Iwas 15 when my sister left her new born, she now has 6 children. Her first born daughter had twisted bowls. My sister lives a live of crime and crack and has never tried to change, I got in touch with my niece who I love deeply but I can't get passed the fact that I let her down, it is destroying me day by day