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More About Counselling.

Updated: Nov 30, 2021

Today, we live a life that is full of stress, tensions, abnormal work pressure, and various other constituents that the drain the mind. Working professionals worry about performing better at work, students are apprehensive about getting high grades and all other people have worries in life. This is one of the main reasons why the rate of anxiety, depression, obsessive compulsive disorder, social anxiety, and other mental diseases is hiking at a rapid pace. The main problem is that when people get affected by these problems, they opt for medical drugs which are mostly addictive. Counselling is a much better alternative to deal with these life issues.

As well as the stress and worry of everyday life, the pandemic has led to a mental health crisis. A pandemic is not just a medical phenomenon; it affects individuals and society and causes disruption, anxiety, stress, and more; it will come as no surprise that anxiety, depression, stress, low mood, and other problems have soared because of the pandemic. It is more important than ever to get back on track, take care of yourself, and find a new path.

What is Counselling and How Does it Help?

Do you know that when you talk to someone and you are disturbed or worried, you would most likely show signs of it? Counselling sessions are given by psychologists and do not involve the use of medical drugs. A professional counsellor does nothing but goes through a one-on-one counselling session. In most cases, counselling sessions are conducted by professional psychologists. Here are some key points explaining how a counselling session is carried out. A counselling session is more about listening. In the first counselling session, your counsellor would drive through the events that have taken place in your past and things that continue to disturb you. Usually, people who have mental disorders have an event in the past that has triggered the problem. This is what a professional counsellor must dig out so that he knows the source causing disturbances for you.

A lot of people approach counsellors when they are facing issues like anxiety and depression which are very common these days. Considering the high milestones that we have these days; anxiety is something bound to happen. We spend more than half of the day worrying about the future and the past. Anxiety causes severe damage to confidence levels and the will to grow. Depression is a more severe issue that eliminates even the will to live in worst cases. Through a counselling session, the counsellor extracts the negative present in your mind.

Once counsellors have an insight of your history, they begin talking to you about where you are going wrong and how any negative thoughts can be avoided. This is one something that gets done in one session only. Counselling sessions usually take several weeks before some productivity is noticed.

Who needs counselling?

Anyone who suffers from mental issues like obsessive disorders, anxiety depression or even severe lack of confidence should opt for a counselling session. Mental problems usually increase when you are not able to open in front of people. This usually happens because people do not have a positive perception about people suffering from mental problems. In other words, such people are usually not counted as normal. If you are suffering from negative thoughts and are unable to focus on things, you need to search for a counsellor. Benefits of Counselling Sessions

Do you know that anti-depressants prescribed by psychiatrists act as much quicker solutions than counselling sessions? This is one of the many reasons people prefer these medicines over counselling sessions. What people don’t realise is that these medicines have a list of harmful negative effects including nausea, loss of memory and even slowness of mind. Here are some key benefits of counselling sessions:

1) No side effects As a treatment option, counselling sessions do not have any side effects as you do not need to take any medical drugs. Unlike psychiatric treatments, counselling sessions do not involve the use of medicine, so you do not have to face any side effects including nausea, skin irritation or mental slowness. 2) Increase in confidence and self esteem A lot of people who approach counsellors have confidence issues. For instance, you may be unable to speak on a public platform or voice your opinion in a meeting session. This usually happens because you may feel that your opinion would be criticized, or you are not good enough to do it. Counselling sessions are very helpful for increasing confidence and self-belief. With quality counselling, you would not face problems in communicating with people or speaking in public. 3) Clarification of thoughts We all have a certain level of confusion in our minds which is normal but when you are always unclear about things, you need to opt for counselling. A counsellor helps in clarifying the thoughts present in your mind. He assists in improving focus and level of concentration. A lot of people who work in high positions at corporate companies opt for these sessions so that they can perform better both professionally and personally. If you think that you are unable to perform well in your professional life or on a personal level, taking help from a counsellor would help you. 4) Improvement of relationships We are engaged in a lot of relationships in our life. Whether it is with our life partners, parents, or any other person in our life, understanding p is very important. Problems arise in relationships when you are unable to understand the other person. Through counselling sessions, you can improve the ability to understand the person you are related to. This way, you can overcome relationship issues as well analyse the factors that cause conflicts. 5) Dealing with job stress issues Job stress is something that cannot be avoided but you need to adopt practices that can help you in dealing with it. These days, companies exert a lot of pressure because the level of competitiveness has increased. In the corporate world, even companies have counsellors so that employees can combat pressures and perform better. Professional counsellors have an anti-pressure program through which an expert works on your problem and provides a solution for it. Counselling is something that helps in several ways. It improves your communication skills and helps you in opening up in front of people. However, counselling therapy is something that takes time and produces results gradually. Hence, you cannot expect it to produce immediate results.

Getting the help you need

If you’re looking for support, someone to talk to, or someone to help guide you, we have a range of counselling services at The Tree Room. Each counsellor covers a wide range of issues. Read on to find the best counsellor for you.

Alex Klokkaris (Life Coach and Workshop Facilitator)

Offering a unique brand of training and coaching services combining:

A fresh look at old themes and challenges in the workplace, career and personal development

A flexible and tailored service adapted to your individual and organisational requirements

An adaptable set of practical tools from the latest personal growth developments in neuroscience and positive psychology, for immediate application and a more effective attainment of your goals

Mary Attwood(Counsellor and Psychotherapist supporting a variety of issues)

Did the Covid-19 situation cause you to be anxious or worried?

Maybe you have other worries that are causing you distress and you are unable to talk to anyone within your circle of family and friends.

Many people manage to cope from day to day with their worries and concerns until suddenly, they can lose concentration, feel easily irritated, feel unable to cope, experience detachment from reality, cry a lot, feel completely unmotivated, have trouble sleeping or eating habits change. Have a feeling of being empty or unhappy.

Do you recognise any of the above and would like to resolve them so that life is back to normal?

Mary can help.

Justyna Matejek (Counsellor, Psychotherapist and Dance and Movement Therapist)

Justyna specialises in healing from long-term trauma and PTSD, helping to increase the quality of life, reconnect with a true self, and live a more fulfilling and happy life.

An important aspect of her work is non-duality, which means that the mind is not separate from the body.

Justyna’s work is based on a humanistic approach, highly influenced by pioneers in the field such as Gabor Mate, Bessel Van der Kolk, Janina Fisher, Mick Cooper, and Irvin Yalom.

Fiona Jeffries (Clinical Psychologist Supporting the welfare of Babies, Children, and Families)

Fiona works with families who are dealing with the challenges of medical illness or disability. She works using a variety of therapeutic models, including systemic, narrative and compassion-focussed approaches. Fiona tailors her approach to each individual child and family she works with.

Fiona also has a special interest in infant psychology and offers antenatal and postnatal workshops for parents and professionals.

Katarina Tilley (Mindfulness and Meditation Therapy)

Do you find yourself rushing throughout your day? Do you find it difficult to manage your emotions? Do you tend to get anxious about future events? Do you find yourself living in the past? Do you have looping thoughts in your mind that causes you to feel depressed? Do you find it difficult to be present? Do you wish you had more confidence? Would you like to connect with the deeper aspect of you?

Mindfulness meditation may address any of these issues and can help you see yourself and your habitual patterns, clearly. Mindfulness meditation is a skill that directly links to your life and teaches you to live in the reality of life, which is the present moment.

Katie Maddocks (Peace of Me - Children's Mindfulness and Meditation Therapy)

Peace of Me offers a fun and unique style of teaching meditation and mindfulness to young people, creating meditations as unique as each child. Classes are available online or in person and will empower your child to work with their feelings and emotions, cope with life’s challenges and improve their mental wellbeing.

Peace of Me intuitively adapts meditation to suit the needs of each child. Katie is a heart-led teacher, which means that she is not led by what she thinks a child should need in that moment, but instead allows their connection and their energy to piece together the class. It is human nature to have good days and bad, and to have different parts of our personality - Peace of Me meets each child where they are in the moment.

Katie is able to work with children with ADHD, autism and SEN.

Helen Kempson (Nutritional Therapist)

Helping you to reduce digestive irritation, bloating, pain, migraines, and low energy, and to take control of your health. You’ll finally have the opportunity to explore and understand why these things are happening to your body, and discover what you can do to change it. Helen will help you by creating a personalised, actionable, achievable plan helping you move forward and take control of your digestion – so that your digestion doesn’t control you!

Michelle Paterson (Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach)

When your needs are at the bottom of your ‘to do’ list and you are busy looking after others – your own health & wellbeing can take a nose-dive.

Michelle is a Registered Nutritional Therapist and Health Coach. Michelle specialises in working with people who are feeling stressed, depressed or out of balance and help them to understand and heal the root causes……so they can get on with living the life they desire. People just like you.

What you eat affects how you feel! (and when and how you eat too!)

How you spend your time affects how you feel!

How you sleep (or not!) affects EVERYTHING! Working with Michelle can also affect how you feel.

Ben Wright (Counsellor and Psychotherapist)

Could you benefit from a place to take some time-out? To explore your thoughts and feelings? To get back on a front foot again? To explore your creativity and full potential? To clear and move away from feelings and beliefs that are holding you back? Ben works with both individuals and couples on an open-ended basis or for an agreed time period, with the aim of enabling you to enhance your life and to live it more fully.

Ben is experienced in helping clients who have experienced difficulties with: stress, relationships, life changes, anxiety, bereavement, redundancy, depression, addiction, and many other issues.

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