Is counselling for me?
People seek counselling for a wide variety of reasons. Often what prompts someone to contact a counsellor, is a feeling that they don't know how to overcome the problem they face, on their own.
Speaking to a counsellor about what is troubling you, can feel supportive, often it's an end to feeling alone with your concerns. If you want to feel that you have someone alongside you as you begin exploring your feelings, thoughts, behaviours or relationships, then counselling could be for you. When you are with someone committed to being alongside you in your journey, painful emotions can feel slightly more bearable.
Counselling is not about being given advice. An underpinning belief of person centred counselling is that no one knows better than you what you 'should' do, or how you 'should' be, but it can be hard to access this inner wisdom at times. Talking to a counsellor, being accepted by them, can help. As you work through things, you will gain a deeper understanding of yourself along with an increased acceptance of yourself which often makes doing things differently seem possible.
"The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change"
Carl R. Rogers