People come into therapy for many reasons. The list below/above are some of the identifiable reasons, that can cause us to have deep personal distress.
- Physical or sexual abuse
- Relationship problems
- Problems of Obesity
- Infertility and IVF
- Social issues
- Lifetime transitions
- Self Development
Personal distress can affect every aspect of our lives. Some of the ways we cope with this distress is by becoming withdrawn, angry, forgetful, defensive, fidgety, over busy, and even physically unwell. When this happens it is often someone who cares for us that suggests we see a counsellor or “find someone to talk to” Clients come into therapy often feeling unable to cope or with a fear that they may be “going mad” There are recognised ways of working with these issues to bring about a resolution that enables a client to address their distress and to either make a change to resolve the issue or if that is not possible to find a way forward with their lives.
For some of us we reach a time in our lives when we have a sense that our lives are not as fulfilling as we would like them to be. These clients come into therapy for self development reasons. In therapy we work together to discover the clients core self, values and aspirations. When this is known and understood the client has a better understanding of why they have become the person they are and can choose to make any changes they feel would be a benefit to their ways of interacting with their world. When we are able to leave behind old messages that may have ruled us for many years we are able to enjoy our relationships in a different way and to build our lives in a way that will be more rewarding to the newly developed self and to the people who we interact with.
Any individual who decides to embark on Counselling training will find that it is a requirement of the course to be in personal therapy. This enables the student to understand their own process and it is generally understood that this is a necessary part of the developmental process of the student towards understanding another individual.