PCT Glasgow Ltd
About CounsellingWe sometimes feel stressed, depressed, confused or unable to cope with what is going on in our lives. Counselling is there to help you to make choices and changes, reduce confusion and deal with difficult feelings.
Through counselling, you will be able to explore aspects of your life and your feelings about it, and talk things through freely and openly in a way that is rarely possible with even the best friends and family. The counsellor will neither judge nor give advice, but will guide you to understanding and help you to make changes in your life. Counselling effectiveness depends largely on the relationship between you the client and your counsellor, regardless of the counselling or psychotherapy approach used.
We have experience in supporting people through a range of difficulties, including:
• stress and anxiety, which may be stress at home or stress in the workplace. There are a number of sources of stress and anxiety, and we become stressed when the pressures around us exceed our abilities to cope. All of this can impact on self-esteem and personal confidence, and lead to physical symptoms of stress. Our counsellors can help identify the causes, and also help with stress management techniques and ways of coping with stress. Stress at work can be affected by concerns about job security, so we can also help with career counselling and redundancy counselling.
• loss, which happens to us all at different times. We might have suffered a bereavement and struggle with the feelings or the process of grieving. Or it might be about some change to our lives, upheaval at home or work. Bereavement and loss counselling helps with the process of adjustment and the difficulties around endings.
• personal skills development such as anger management, assertiveness training and communication skills. We can often benefit from acquiring new skills to help us get our needs met and achieve the types of relationships we wish to have. This may include learning to express ourselves without inappropriate emotions such as anger, developing new ways to communicate more effectively, and acquiring the skills to manage relationships more effectively and in a more balanced way. This means being neither too aggressive and bullying nor too passive, but assertive and clear in our communications whether in our personal or professional lives.
• relationship difficulties, or the effects of separation and divorce. We can offer individual or couples counselling to explore and identify problems and find ways to communicate more effectively, change your relationship patterns, negotiate changes and resolve issues. This may also affect children or dependants, and cause difficulties with parenting and wider family issues, which counselling can also address.
• depression which can often cause a number of symptoms such as sadness, anxiety, weepiness, lack of motivation, poor sleeping and eating, a loss of identity or purpose, isolation and a feeling of helplessness. Counselling for depression looks to identify the causes, and make changes to lift negative feelings, low self esteem or lack of confidence and restore feelings of self worth and hope.
• addiction to substances or behaviours such as alcohol, drugs, spending or gambling. Addiction counselling focusses on how and why you turned to addictive behaviour and finding ways you can change this and replace it with more appropriate coping strategies and support.
• abuse issues, such as emotional or psychological abuse, physical abuse, racial abuse or sexual abuse. Counselling can help you to break free of the abuse, and deal with the effects of abuse on you both in the past and in the present.
• trauma and crisis counselling and the effects of post trauma stress. We use a process called Psychological First Aid to offer support, lessen the impact, normalise the reactions to the event and assist with a good recovery.
• sexuality and gender issues, such as helping you to explore how you are and how you want to be in relationships with other people, and finding ways to gain both self-acceptance and acceptance from family and friends around you.
• personal development and personal exploration. Some people find counselling or psychotherapy helpful in understanding more about themselves and developing a better self-awareness and personal insight. This is the first step to empowerment to make choices and changes in your life and your relationships, and building assertiveness, confidence and self esteem.