About Grief and Loss
Grief and loss is inevitable; it impacts all aspects of our physical and emotional well-being and can have an enormous effect on our daily lives. Intense sadness is part of the grieving process; however a bereavement can sometimes cause some individuals to struggle with day to day life and normal functioning.
We all experience the grieving process in our own unique way and working through our grief enables us to heal from the intense feelings associated with the loss. Grief can be experienced through the death of a loved one, separation or divorce, loss of health, unemployment, retirement, infertility, addiction or loss of identity through depression or difficult life circumstances.
Counselling can help to support you through this difficult period of grief and accompany you through the feelings you may experience such as sadness, anger, frustration, numbness, guilt and depression. It may also help to address the practical and emotional aspects, developing coping mechanisms to deal with the day to day challenges around loss.
Counselling gives you time and space to work through your grief and the emotional pain associated it. Ultimately, counselling can support you to adjust to life and accept the reality of your loss.
Questions that clients often ask…
Counselling involves working with presenting issues that may be causing difficulties in a client’s life. It involves talking on a one to one basis about whatever concerns you may have.The role of the counsellor is not to give advice to clients but to explore what options are available to create change in their lives. A trained counsellor will work with a specific set of skills, to encourage clients to express their feelings, thoughts, emotions and behaviours in a confidential and safe environment. Ultimately, the aim of counselling in to promote positive change and enhance well-being.
Psychotherapy takes place over a longer time frame, focusing on the underlying issues that are contributing to the presenting problem. It works at a deeper level, exploring feelings and emotions .This will help the client to recognise how past experiences may impact on their present behaviours.
Although this can be a painful process the emphasis is on self awareness and healing. In the long term clients can be empowered to make changes that will improve the quality of their lives.
The first session is an initial assessment to explore all aspects of what is contributing to your distress. After the first meeting there is absolutely no obligation to continue however if you do decide to do so the number of sessions needed varies from client to client.
We will discuss this during the first session and decide together what will work best for you. Sessions typically last for 1 hour.
I offer a confidential, safe and supportive counselling service incorporating person centred, solution focused and mindfulness based approaches. I also work from a holistic approach taking into consideration the physical, psychological, emotional and spiritual needs of the client.
I work with a range of other issues including depression, anxiety, self-esteem, body image, suicide, abuse, stress and work related issues.
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