COMMON ISSUES IN COUNSELLING AND PSYCHOTHERAPY
(But not all of them, you can talk about anything, these are examples)
There are common labels that people use or are given to help communicate a range of symptoms e.g. stress, anxiety, relationship problems, anger-management, depression and sexual problems, but of course everyone will experience these differently, so although Kendal Therapy understands these issues generally and their common themes, it is the aim of a therapist to understand the person's thoughts and feelings, and often several issues will be present at the same time.
This list is not comprehensive, so please get in touch with your specific requirements to see if Kendal Therapy is able to help.
Abuse - Anxiety - Relationship Problems - Addiction / Drug & Alcohol Misuse - Anger Management - Bereavement - Depression - Different Realities - Misophonia - Low Self-Esteem - PTSD - Panic Disorder - Phobias - Sexuality Issues - Sexual Issues - Self-Development - Self-Injury - Stress Management - Trauma - Work & Career Issues - Sleep Problems - Spiritual Development - Uncommon Issues - Others...
Life events such as:
Loss and Bereavement
Trauma, Critical Incidents and Post-Traumatic Stress
Adults sexually Abused as Children
Work and Career Issues
EMOTIONAL REACTIONS TO LIFE EVENTS
Emotional Reactions to Life Events Can Include:
Anxiety and Panic
Low self esteem / confidence
BEHAVIOURAL REACTIONS TO LIFE EVENTS
Behavioural Reactions to Life Events such as:
Addiction/ Drug and Alcohol Issues
Loneliness and Isolation
Some Sexual Issues
SPIRITUAL LIFE EVENTS
Spiritual Life Issues might include:
Faith and commitment
Personal / Transpersonal Development
Death and Dying
COMMON LIFE LONG THEMES
Life is complicated and confusing.
Counselling can help to find your self and talk through a range of themes that you may be struggling with.
Ever asked, Who am I? What's my sexuality? or How does my brain work?, keep reading...
Get the most out of Life
A favorite topic for a lot of clients is personality and the range of tests that are available nowadays. However the vast topic can be overwhelming, and counselling can offer some navigation, guidance and explanation.
The two most popular are the MBTI and The Big Five, and can be used in both individual and couple counselling, and are a huge asset in leadership and team counselling. Understanding yourself can help you in relationships and at work.
SEXUALITY AND GENDER
What does LGBTQ+ mean? LGTBQ+ is an acronym for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and/or Questioning, and the countless affirmative ways in which people choose to self-identify.
Counselling can help if you need support with sexuality and gender issues. You can talk through your concerns in a confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Embrace Life’s Challenges
You may be diagnosed with (or suspect you have some of the blessings and curses of) ADHD, Autism, Dyspraxia, or Dyslexia / Dyscalculia. Children with neurodiversity become adults with neurodiversity and life's everyday challenges can become unbearable, cause many additional difficulties, relationship problems and work stresses.
Counselling can help to explore a diagnosis or suspected condition, and the real life cluster of symptoms that may bridge to two or more types and their accompanying comorbidities.
SERIOUS AND ENDURING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
"But my issue is extremely complex and serious..."
Kendal Therapy is able to work with the majority of conditions. For mental health issues that dramatically lower ability to functioning and increase level of suffering such as psychosis, bi-polar disorder, personality disorders, schizophrenia, serious drug addiction and eating disorders, I recommend a multiple approach to treatment which will may include Psychiatry alongside counselling and psychotherapy. Similarly, if you wish to consider medication, or are seeking a medical diagnosis or a medical report, then an appointment with your GP who can refer you to a psychiatrist would be more appropriate first. Once psychiatric advice is taken, then Kendal Therapy can help as part of the support you're receiving. If you would like to discuss or get support with this often quite intimidating process, then Kendal Therapy can offer counselling support during your process of entering the NHS system and you can dip in and out of private practice as necessary alongside or before / after any NHS support as per your GPs advice and your personal preference. (e.g whilst waiting on the list for a NHS counsellor, or after the brief course of support that they can offer.)
There is light at the end of the tunnel.