Counselling is a process that supports a client to explore personal issues related to challenging or traumatic life experiences. The counselling process aims to create safe and supportive environment where the client can emotionally connect with their life experiences, make contact with their own values and sense of self worth, develop their internal and external resources and move towards resolution and well-being.
At Crimson we work with a wide variety of issues, some of which are outlined below.
We can all feel anxious or stressed from time to time and a little of both is often seen as healthy and motivating. However if we are frequently feeling stressed and anxious to a high degree it begins to have a negative impact on our lives, our relationships and our work. Counselling seeks to locate what is at the root of our anxiety, explore how we handle ourselves when under strain, and find ways to relax when we become tense.
Nobody really knows what causes depression. We can become depressed in response to a difficult or painful experience or it can happen for no apparent reason at all. All of us can feel ‘down’ at times but if we feel consistently low, sad, irritable, hopeless, worthless or lacking energy, then we may need to seek help for depression. For someone who is experiencing depression, a counsellor will work to be with them where they are and to support them in exploring the thoughts and feelings that come with depression. There may be underlying causes or situations that trigger episodes of depression, and counselling will seek to uncover these and develop ways of coping when this happens. It can bring great relief to share how you are feeling when you are depressed to someone who understands what is happening. Cognitive Therapy and Cognitive Behavioural Therapy prove particularly effective when dealing with depression as they focus on shifting the thought patterns and self criticism that go along with depressed thinking. It is possible to recover from depression and go on to live a happy and fulfilling life, many people do.
We are all affected by our relationships - the relationship we have with our families, friends, partners, children, colleagues, bosses, and with ourselves. Difficulties in relationships can be very painful and confusing and counselling supports the client to explore what works and doesn't work, to examine behaviours and patterns that may be obstructing healthy relating, and to look at where we may need to improve communication and take better care of ourselves. Often when our relationship with ourselves improves, so does our relationship with others.
When something happens to us that we experience as highly stressful, threatening or dangerous, the body mobilises natural defence mechanisms. These are called ‘fight or flight’ responses. If fight or flight are not perceived as an option, a human being will ‘freeze’ eg. during a car crash, an attack, child abuse, domestic violence etc, and this happens before we have a chance to think about what to do.
When we ‘freeze’ during a frightening or threatening experience, the energy of the experience becomes trapped in our bodies and if it is not released or discharged it remains inside us and manifests as traumatic symptoms or PTSD.
By sensitively including the body along with the mind in the therapeutic process the release of trauma held on a physical level can be facilitated.
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'He who has not looked on suffering cannot claim to see joy'
Contact: Carol McInerney, B.A, Dip. Couns., Cert. MT
Address: Appletree Health & Wellness
126 Ranelagh Village, Ranelagh, Dublin 6, Ireland
Phone: 086 1956331