Have you been feeling sad lately, but you’re not depressed? Or do you find yourself on edge, but it’s not full-blown anxiety? You don’t know exactly what’s bothering you, but you just don’t feel like your usual self. Experiencing problems in life from time to time is normal but when we’re faced with challenges that feel distressing, overwhelming, or beyond our control we need support. Talking to friends or family may help, but often we’re still left feeling confused, and in need of some direction and support.
That’s where counselling comes in – you don’t have to figure things out alone. There’s a common misconception that counselling is only for people experiencing extreme circumstances and moods. But counselling can address a whole range of issues, from the big to the small.
Your feelings, your wellbeing and your personal goals are important. General counselling provides a safe, non-judgmental space to share your concerns, and develop perspective on the problems which lead to options and possibilities for change.
We all want to live a happy and rewarding life, with plenty of time to enjoy the good things. General counselling can help you to:
- Develop effective coping skills for life’s challenges
- Identify, prioritise and achieve your personal goals
- Create lasting change in your life and relationships
Whatever you’re bringing to counselling, our dedicated team of counsellors and psychologists are here to give you competent, compassionate and effective support. We provide general counselling to children, adolescents and adults. We’ll help you to resolve your concerns, and support you to move forward with a sense of confidence and purpose.
Counselling is a process of supporting you to identify and work through any issues you may have – including difficult life experiences or past problems that are impacting your present feelings or behaviours. Below are some common reasons people seek general counselling:
- Personal relationship concerns (partner, family, friends)
- Moving beyond a relationship breakup
- Career changes and work-related stress
- Feeling a lack of direction or purpose
- Confidence and self-esteem issues
- Harassment and bullying
- Burnout and fatigue
- Financial stress
Quite often, it’s not just one area of life that feels out of balance, but a combination of issues that contribute to an overall sense of confusion or distress. You may be struggling with thoughts and feelings about yourself, your life direction, or relationships with others. Counselling is a practical, helpful way to prioritise your concerns and work through them at your own pace.
Often in general counselling, we incorporate elements of the following specialist services as well, depending on your personal needs and circumstances: anxiety, depression, child, adolescent, family, grief, marriage and relationships, parenting, trauma, sexuality.
For some people, simply talking through issues can be beneficial, whilst others may need specific guidance or strategies to support them through a difficult time. Together we’ll identify the most constructive and useful way to make sense of your experience, and bring about positive changes in your life.