Why counselling and psychotherapy?
People usually enter therapy because they are experiencing difficulties or distress. Life is rarely straightforward and often brings many challenges, some of which can feel overwhelming. You may be experiencing feelings of depression and isolation, low self-esteem or suffering from feelings of anxiety, without fully understanding why. There may be events from your recent or distant past that are preventing you from living your life to the fullest. You may be experiencing a lack of direction, feelings of boredom or of being trapped. You may be aware of self-destructive patterns in your life which are causing pain to you or to those around you. Feelings such as anger, shame, guilt, sadness or loneliness may be affecting your daily life, keeping you uncomfortably stuck. You may be troubled by issues of sexuality, of spirituality, or by questions about life's meaning or a sense of the lack of it.
I believe that social and political issues inevitably affect our lives, for good or ill. Our difficulties in life are highly likely to be influenced by them in some way, directly or indirectly. Therapy can certainly involve looking outwards as well as exploring our inner experiences.
You do not have to be in, or on the verge of, a crisis before considering counselling. You may be experiencing a sense of underlying dissatisfaction, or be seeking a better balance in your life. All of these reasons and more may bring individuals to counselling.
'That the birds of worry and care fly over your head, this you cannot change: but that they build nests in your hair, this you can prevent'