Counselling & Stress Management
The ultimate aim of these interventions is to ensure freedom from whatever has been restricting your capacity to make the most of yourself and your life. We work proactively to help you find ways to resolve difficulties and balance a lifestyle that is pleasurable, healthy and sustainable.
Counselling is an activity freely entered into by a person seeking help for something that is troubling or perplexing. It addresses specific problems such as Loss (bereavement, redundancy, divorce), Health issues, Relationship difficulties etc. Short-term solutions focused counselling enables the client to identify thoughts, emotions and behaviours. It helps them to understand their feelings and discover opportunities for self-determined change.
Stress may usefully be defined as something that occurs where demands made on individuals do not match the resources available. Stress Management techniques seek therefore either to identify ways of reducing the perceived demands or of increasing the resources available (perhaps both!). Everyone is different and the way in which we experience and cope with pressure varies enormously from one person to another, although it is possible to predict that some stressors will be personality specific. It is quite common for stress management interventions to 'borrow' techniques from hypnotherapy, counselling, biofeedback and coaching in this way.
Some of the areas where an integrative approach may be appropriate include difficulties with Pressure (performance, productivity, relaxation); Communication (interpersonal skills); Decision-making (procrastination, uncertainty); Motivation (changes in self-perception/esteem, resourcefulness) and with Adult survivors of abusive childhoods, Child abuse and Trauma.