Counselling is a type of "talking therapy" that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and safe environment. As a counsellor Mary is trained to listen with empathy. This means she will endeavour to "put herself in your shoes" and listen to understand how this has impacted on you. Counsellors can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings that you may have. I work with the Person centred approach devised by Carl Rogers, although may include other skills learnt from other recognised approaches.
Counselling can help with Bereavement and loss. Death is a part of life but the feelings we have when it happens to someone we know can be difficult to manage. These feelings can range from relief that someones suffering is over, shock when its unexpected, trauma when the death has been traumatic, devastation when its someone we love deeply, and many other feelings in between. Loss can happen in many ways, the loss of a relationship etc. This can be equally painful.
Anxiety is a feeling of apprehension and fear. Mild anxiety is a little difficult to experience but severe anxiety can affect our day to day living and cause us real difficulties.
Stress is important to survival and helps us cope with the challenges of life, but sometimes stress can feel overwhelming and unbearable.
Depression can feel like a black cloud that wont go away. It involves feelings of sadness and/or loss or interest in activities once enjoyed.
Counselling can help, give it a try.