Reasons for consulting a therapist

As an adult, counselling is sometimes needed because we experience difficulties and distress in our lives, and we can feel isolated. We can sometimes find it difficult to talk to the closest people in our lives and would prefer to talk to somebody independent. We may be feeling anxious or depressed about personal, family, or relationship issues. Other life issues and events which can be very difficult to deal with include bereavement, divorce, redundancy, health issues, bullying, or we may be experiencing underlying feelings of dissatisfaction with life in general, or be seeking balance in our lives and spirituality. All of these reasons and more will bring individuals to therapy.

Sometimes children and young people may need extra support if they are finding it difficult to deal with or understand their emotions and/or behaviour. Counselling for children and young people may differ from counselling for adults, and will depend on the child’s age, specific difficulties and their development. Different methods may be used to encourage young children to be able to express their difficulties, such as play and art. Older children may prefer talking therapy, or a mixture of both, and the counselling approach will depend on a particular individual. Although different methods may be used for counselling children, the aim of counselling for both children and adults is ultimately the same; to help the individual cope better with their emotions and feelings.