You may come to counselling because of difficult experiences you’ve been going through, such as a relationship breakdown, bereavement or redundancy. You might feel that you are in a rut, repeating patterns of behaviour, or with the same thoughts circling again and again in your mind.
Or you may want help dealing with feelings of sadness, depression, anxiety, anger or low self-worth that don’t seem to be connected to any particular event. Working lives for many people are becoming increasingly stressful; counselling can help you to develop a different perspective and find coping strategies for easing the stressful feelings
Counselling can also be a means of coping with physical symptoms or complaints that doctors can’t alleviate. If your GP can’t find a physical cause for your problems, you may want to look further to see whether there is an emotional aspect to your symptoms. And counselling can often be of help for people with long-term physical conditions who might be at risk of depression or anxiety.
We may not realise how much we contribute to the situations and feelings that bother us. Our old patterns are so familiar and so deeply engrained they are invisible. And we’re so close to the situation we tend to lose sight of our options. Counselling helps us turn the spotlight, first onto understanding our role, and then onto the things we can change. Through this process we extend our focus from what’s happening to us, to what we can do about it.
Whatever the issues which might be troubling you, your counsellor will listen (really listen) to what you have to say.
They will be helping you to build a trusting relationship where you feel able to talk freely and in confidence, and where you can have the space to reflect how you might bring about change in your life. Your counsellor will value what you say, may challenge negative thoughts and reinforce positive ones, all with the aim of helping you to learn how to change.
That is certainly the approach which East Sussex Counsellors believe in and practise.
Have a look at the pages for our individual members and see how their expertise might meet your personal needs.
Counselling in Northiam
Counselling in Burwash
Counselling in Hailsham
Counselling in Heathfield