Clients can find it very difficult to make the first move when contacting a counsellor and this is understandable. For some people it can seem like ‘failure’ to make this decision, especially if they’ve grown up thinking that it is weak to involve others when they have a problem.

In other cases, clients have talked to their friends, each of whom may have very different ideas on a subject, and the person concerned feels more confused than before. Whether you’re feeling sad, suffer from anxiety or OCD (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder), have experienced a bereavement or if there’s a longer-term issue with phobias or depression, counselling can help. 

As well as the above, I see clients who are worried about their sexual identity and have self-image problems. Although it’s hard to open up about these concerns, it can also be a huge relief to share them with another person who’s trained to help and support you.

If you are a trans-identified or trans-historied client, it may well be important for you to seek extra support, particularly if you’re feeling an outsider and the tensions and stress associated with transition are affecting not just you but your family and friends too.

Speaking to a counsellor who is unbiased and, knowing that the service is completely confidential, can be very helpful. As a client you will need to be open to change which can be quite hard for some people, but it can also open up a new way of thinking and living your life in a way that you feel happier about the future.
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