‘Psychological stress’ is what we experience when we feel life’s demands seem to outweigh our ability to cope.
This can happen for a variety of reasons such as the death of a loved one, a relationship breakdown, illness or injury affecting our ability to work and earn money, redundancy or bullying, etc. It can sometimes feel as though life is spiralling out of control. We can become locked in a negative state of mind where we can no longer see the bigger picture and feel that nothing will ever change. The belief that we can control what happens to us, even if we can’t has a huge impact on how we react to stress.
The really good news is that you can be helped to change the way you think and react to events and you can get meaning and enjoyment back in your life.
Sometimes change may seem difficult or frightening, but making gradual changes at your own pace can open you up to opportunities for new experiences and new possibilities.
Remember, whatever the cause, change may be easier than you think.
What you can expect from the first session
The first session will last 90 minutes. During this time you will be given an opportunity to tell your story, although if you don’t want to talk about painful past experiences you don’t have to. I will listen and help you to understand what is happening to you. As a Human Givens therapist I will not dwell unduly on the past and will be supportive if difficult feelings emerge. We will explore what your best hopes are from the sessions and will set some realistic and achievable goals and agree a plan for helping you to get to where you want to be.
We will discuss the issues of confidentiality and agree on the frequency of the sessions.
The aim is to get you back on track in as few sessions as possible.
Before taking the next step you might like to think about what your best hopes are from counselling. Alternatively, if there are questions you would like to ask please feel free to contact me.