Counselling can help people who are feeling distressed by difficult events in their lives, as well as people with a mental health problem. It can also help you work out how to deal with negative thoughts and feelings and make positive changes.
Talking about your thoughts and feelings can help you deal with times when you feel troubled about something. If you turn a worry over and over in your mind, the worry can grow. But talking about it can help you work out what is really bothering you and then explore what you could do about it.
Talking is an important part of our relationships. It can strengthen our ties with other people and help us stay in good emotional health. And being listened to helps us feel that other people care about us and what we have to say.
Sometimes, it can helpful to talk problems through with a friend or family member. But sometimes friends and family cannot help us because they want to take sides or just think that they know us too well and so want to give advice. Then, talking to a professional counsellor might be a better choice.
Counselling, as a talking therapy, involves talking to someone who is trained to help you deal with your negative feelings.
They can help anyone who is experiencing distress. You do not have to be referred by a doctor to be offered or benefit from counselling. Your counsellor will be able to give you a safe and confidential place where you can explore the issues which might have been troubling you for a long time.
Counselling can be really helpful for people suffering from depression, anxiety, and anger issues, as well as problems involving bereavement, relationships, stress and eating. It gives people the chance to explore their thoughts and feelings and the effect they have on their behaviour and mood. Describing what’s going on in your head and how that makes you feel can help you notice any patterns which it may be helpful to change. It can help you work out where your feelings and ideas come from and why they are there.
Understanding all this can help people make positive changes by thinking or acting differently.
Counselling as practised by members of East Sussex Counsellors can help people to take greater control of their lives, to have more choice over their decisions, and to improve their confidence.
Take a look at the details for our counsellors so that you can see who think might be able you to move forward.
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