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Common Issues

Counselling can be helpful for all sorts of things that may be worrying you and some of the most common are listed here. This is not a 'list' of things that you can talk about but examples of some reasons people work with a counsellor. 

There is more information below on some things mentioned and if you would like any further information on anything please feel free to get in touch and ask questions.



  • Bereavement 
  • Depression 
  • Family issues
  • Stress or Anxiety
  • Panic attacks
  • Feeling generally unhappy
  • Bullying at work or at school
  • Physical, emotional or sexual abuse
  • A crisis in your life
  • Low self esteem or lacking confidence
  • Wanting to make changes but not knowing where to start
  • Dealing with change
  • Financial issues
  • Weight/food issues
  • Obsessive thinking
  • Trauma
  • Phobia
  • Obsessions
  • Gender or sexuality
  • Relationship issues (couples or individual)
  • Domestic Abuse
  • Menopause
All issues that are causing you unhappiness, however large or small they seem to you, are important and working with a Counsellor can help - see 'Individual Counselling' and 'CBT and Trauma' pages

Feeling generally unhappy

As a human being you may be on a search for happiness and might feel you deserve it or perhaps not, depending on the experiences you have had in life. You are bombarded with information promising to tell you ‘The Key to Happiness’ or ‘If you do these ten things you will be Happy’ which I think is another way of ensuring you feel a failure when you are not feeling it!! Feelings are not the same for everyone and so there isn’t a secret way of achieving anything


Please follow the link to my blog article on happiness  https://thecoastalcounsellor.wordpress.com/2020/06/06/the-way-to-understand-your-relationship-that-you-never-knew-you-needed/

Bereavement and Loss 
Bereavement is a universal experience. We all lose family members, partners, friends or pets at some stage in our lives. 
Feeling of grief and loss also are common when a relationship ends, a job is lost, children leave home and around health issues or moving home....as well as many other 'losses'.
When it happens to you, you may feel very alone. You may go through a whole range of emotions, sadness, disbelief, anger, guilt, periods of calm and longing. Sometimes these feelings can go on for many years with people often getting 'stuck' in their grief.

Children often need help understanding and remembering and may need to talk to someone who feels able to answer their questions, for children there are local charities I can refer you to free of charge.

It can be very helpful to talk to someone who really wants to listen and understand and counselling can help you accept what has happened and make the most of your life from now on.
Depression and Anxiety
Many people at some point in their lives find coping with day to day life difficult.

If you are feeling sad or empty, tearful, have a loss of interest in things and people and find little pleasure in anything, you may be depressed.
You may also suffer from difficulty sleeping, loss of energy, lack of appetite, feelings of worthlessness, guilt or an inability to think or concentrate.

If you are suffering from anxiety as well as feeling a range of emotions you could suffer from physical symptoms such as tension, light headedness, increased heart rate, flushed cheeks or panic attacks.

I can help you understand your condition, find ways to deal with it and overcome it.

It can be very hard to live with a person with depression or anxiety and it can be helpful to work with a counsellor to talk about your own feelings while you are offering support.

At some point in their lives one out of five people suffer from some form of anxiety or depression.

Depression is an illness and the intense feelings that accompany it can be hard to accept. You may have been living with them for a long time. Counselling can help you accept how you feel, learn more about yourself and recover.
High levels of anxiety often accompany the menopause and it can be helpful to have somewhere to explore these feelings and gain skills to manage them.

Panic Attacks and Anxiety, Obsession and Compulsions
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy is extremely effective for high levels of anxiety, panic attacks and obsessions such as constant checking, cleaning or tidying. Also helpful for compulsions such as gambling, alcohol addiction and food addiction.

These things together with phobias such as agraphobia respond well to this type of counselling and I have worked successfully with many people who go on to lead  life in a more fulfilling way..

These things together with any number of similar problems are very common and a large number of people suffer for many years unnecessarily.

I will also teach you skills to ensure that you can go forward knowing that you are able to cope should the same feeling resurface.

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