Maybe you do not have anyone in your circle to talk with and you no longer want to keep it to yourself. Clients have told me they have put off counselling as “they didn’t feel that what they wished to work on is not relevant.” After all, “so many others have it worse” is what they say right after. Let me reassure you, I have worked with enough wonderful humans to know that many people feel that their unique situation is not “bad enough” to see a professional. There is no measurement of need required to work beside me and I assure you that you will never regret taking the first step. I do know that If you feel the nudge to work on yourself, this can provide the foundation for who you are becoming as a person. This is often the work that is done in preparation for life’s challenges.
The last few years have been full of uncertainty and I am seeing more clients wanting to explore and be curious about where they wish to go. Doing the work before life stresses show up, allows us to feel more prepared and in a better situation to handle what comes before us. I tell clients it’s more like the cheeky little squirrel who preps for winter by collecting nuts.
Often working in this way, I often use my coaching skills to work in present and future focus. This means that the focus on our sessions is how you are today and what you would like to achieve in the future. There are times however when limiting beliefs tied to memories and situations from the past come up and as I hold the mental health experience and skills to shift and change directions in our session as your needs do.
Working with a counsellor can involve building skills such as
- Examining and exploring values
- Communication skills
- Interpersonal relationships
- Future focus
- Exploration of future goals/direction
- Relationship with self
- Refining your character