Counseling and Psychotherapy can be used to deal with a wide range of problems such as depression, anxiety, work-related stress, relationship or family problems, eating disorders, addiction, bereavement, emotional trauma, and abuse.
As the old saying goes, a problem shared is problem halved. But what happens when there is no one to share your problems with, or when the person you want to talk to doesn’t know how to listen? In these difficult times, more and more people are seeking professional help for personal difficulties.
Everyone experiences problems at some time in their lives. Periods of uncertainty, crisis or change can be very difficult for anyone to cope with, and traumatic events from the past may keep resurfacing and play on our minds. Sometimes we can work through these problems, but there may be times when things can seem overwhelming, and we need help. Friends and family may be willing to offer support, but they may not know how to listen or to help. Many people also find it difficult to talk to friends and family because they are worried about being judged, or burdening their loved ones with their problems.
Counsellors and psychotherapists are caring professionals who are trained to listen, and to help people to understand their problems, and to find their own solutions. People are often able to talk openly to a professional counsellor in a way that is rarely possible with friends and family. Individuals are able to express difficult emotions such as fear, anger, loneliness, and jealousy in a supportive environment, and in complete confidence, without being criticized or judged. This can help the individual to discover the reasons for negative feelings, help people through difficult times, and develop better ways of coping.
Counselling and Psychotherapy can be used to deal with a wide range of problems such as depression, anxiety, work-related stress, relationship or family problems, eating disorders, addiction, bereavement, emotional trauma, and abuse. A counsellor or psychotherapist will never put someone under pressure to do anything that does not feel right for them, but will help to find the best solution.
Mary Coleman BA (Hons), MIACP Counsellor & Psychotherapist at the Lismore Clinic, is a very experienced professional, who is fully qualified and experienced in working with both adults and young people. She is an accredited member of the Irish Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy (IACP), which ensures that practitioners adhere to a comprehensive code of ethics and practice, and maintain the highest standards of continuing professional development.