Some issues I provide support with
Counselling for Abuse
Abuse, be it physical, emotional or sexual can be difficult to deal with and can leave deep emotional wounds. Counselling offers a safe non judgmental, supportive space to help one come to terms with the hurt and trauma that may have been caused. This is always done at a pace that the client is ready for. Counselling helps one to examine the impact of the trauma on their lives, giving them new perspective and ultimately empowers them to live a fuller life.
Addiction can be a very difficult thing to overcome and one may need some counselling to support getting clean and breaking free from addiction. Addiction can encompass many different areas, from alcohol, drugs, gambling, food, sexual addiction and more. When battling with addiction one may be preoccupied with it and find it difficult to break the cycle. Addiction can cause harm in ones life; emotionally, in relationships, in work, in finances and in one’s health. Counselling can help one to see the addiction with perspective and work through the triggers and behaviours helping the individual to find alternative and healthy coping mechanisms.
Anger is a normal human emotion which we all experience. Anger management counselling however can be helpful if one is experiencing anger which seems out of their control. Oftentimes unresolved anger can lead to problems in ones daily lives, affecting their health, their personal relationships, or work, If left unresolved it can potentially lead to problems with addiction. At Cu Chulainn I use various techniques such as cognitive behaviour therapy, person centred therapy and neuroscience to help understand the anger and help one to learn to process the anger in a healthier way.
Anxiety is a normal human reaction to fear, however one can develop an excessive anxiety response which over time can be debilitating. One could potentially experience symptoms such as restlessness, insomnia, sweating, overheating, sick stomach, headaches, heart palpitations, hyperventilating, overthinking, procrastination, avoidance and panic attacks. Anxiety is accompanied by an overactive mind and very often a feeling of helplessness and uncontrollable worry. There are different types of anxiety related disorders such as social anxiety disorder, generalized anxiety disorder (GAD), Panic disorder, Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD) and other phobias. Counselling is very effective in helping one to gain an understanding of their individual problem, and learning new methods to cope with the anxiety, such as CBT techniques and neuroscience education.
Assertiveness/ Self Esteem
Confidence and assertiveness exists on a continuum and having confidence in ones ability doesn't come so easily to some, perhaps they are engaging in self criticism, self doubt and cant see their strengths, entangled in this can be anxiety and depression. Personal Development for self esteem entails examining ones past behaviours and our thoughts/feelings around these behaviours and setting goals. We work to recognise strengths, ultimately empowering the client to put things into perspective and gain further strengths in areas which may have been holding one back and facilitate clients to achieve these goals.
Part of the experience of being human is that we experience loss in our lives at some point or other. This loss could be the death of someone significant in our life, it can be the loss of a relationship, the loss of a job or something that was significant in our life, even the loss of what might have been when it comes to living with a disability or long term illness. Counselling helps one address the grief, we all experience loss at our own pace, counselling can help one move through the pain and put healthy coping strategies in place to come to terms with the loss.
Depression is a mood disorder which can affect ones thinking, feeling and behaviour. One can become very down in mood and withdrawn, potentially lacking in energy, experiencing disturbed sleep, loss of joy or interest and in some cases one can have suicidal thoughts. It can affect ones daily life, personal relationships and work. Counselling can be very effective in helping one move forward out of depression and in aiding relapse prevention.
As a result of the complex nature of families, family issues can encompass a wide range of difficulties which can impact ones life if not examined and brought into awareness. Counselling offers a safe, confidential, non judgmental space to examine and explore the issues and to gain some perspective and clarity. Looking at ones role within the family and examining boundaries can be particularly helpful and empowering, which counselling can facilitate.
Relationships are difficult to navigate and oftentimes couples will encounter challenges in life which may add stress to their relationship, potentially causing increased arguments, or perhaps growing apart or even a loss of intimacy. Navigating a relationship in a challenging time can be very difficult, what relationship counselling offers is a Access to a professional to help support you in the time of crisis, to access and address the hard issues, to work on the communication ultimately to facilitate you to grow both as an individual and as a couple.
Sexual issues can refer to a variety of issues, it can be dealing with sexuality and identity, perhaps difficulties with sexual intimacy within a relationship and underlying anxieties, it could be issues with sexual dysfunction or it could be sexual addiction. Due to the importance of sexuality it can cause a great deal of anxiety and distress when there is a problem in this area, At Cu Chulainn I offer a safe confidential and non judgmental space to explore these issues and help one move forward at a pace they are ready for.
Stress is a normal part of life but sometimes it can become overwhelming and ones coping mechanisms may be depleted. When severely stressed ones life may be affected in many areas such as work relationships, family and even in physical health. Stress if not kept in check can lead to lack of sleep, constant worry or anger, it can also manifest in the body with skin conditions such as eczema, digestive problems, migraines and even pain. Counselling offers a supportive space to explore the stress triggers and to learn more effective coping mechanisms to reduce stress.