COUNSELLING

People seek counselling at Paisley Psychology Services for a range of reasons.

Depression and anxiety are very common problems. Most people feel sad or anxious at times, however for some people, the feelings are more intense and longlasting. Around 20% of people experience severe anxiety and depression every year and approximately 45% of people have a mental illness in their lifetime.

Suicide and self-harm. In Australia, suicide is the leading cause of death for males and females aged 15 to 44. Suicide can be related to distressing life events. People who think about suicide usually want their emotional pain to end. They might feel like they are better off dead or that they are a burden to their family and loved ones. Self-harm is usually an expression of distress. Counselling offers a safe place for people to share their thoughts and feelings about suicide and distressing events without being judged or being told to "get over it".

Grief. Grief is a normal reaction to loss such as the death of a loved one, job loss or family breakdown. It can take time to come to terms with the loss. It can be helpful to talk about these feelings and begin to heal.

Trauma. Psychological trauma arises from extremely stressful events that threaten your sense of safety and security, and leads you to feel helpless and vulnerable. Although traumatic events might involve life-threatening situations, any stressful situation which leaves you feeling overwhelmed and alone can be experienced as traumatic. Counselling can help you to work through these feelings and regain a sense of psychological safety again.

Drug and alcohol abuse. Substance abuse can mask other problems and it can be important to explore these problems to understand the way in which substance abuse is related to other experiences and emotions. This can help you to cope with these problems without resorting to drugs or alcohol.

Feelings of anger. We all experience anger at different times. However for some people, anger can get out of control and becomes destructive, creating problems in their relationships, emotions, at work or with the police. Counselling can help you to get hold of the anger before it gets hold of you.

Health concerns. Illnesses and health crises such as dizziness, breast cancer, miscarriage or infertility, and chronic pain can affect your wellbeing. When you are unwell or in pain, you are more likely to feel depressed and anxious. There might be a sense of loss for the life that you previously had, and hopelessness about the future. You might feel that other people don't understand your situation. Being able to talk about and work through these emotions can help you to cope with these health conditions and lead the kind of life that you would like to lead. You could also learn different ways to cope with your problems.

Parenting. Raising a family can be difficult at times and you could do with some extra support. There are potential challenges at all ages and stages of your child's life - from birth to adulthood. There is no manual to tell parents how to handle situations such as discipline, problems at school, drug use, suicide, violence, divorce and family breakdown. You and your partner might have different approaches to parenting which can cause conflict and stress. Anxiety and depression commonly occur when there is family stress. Getting advice and support can help you to raise healthy, confident children as well as help you to cope with the challenges of being a parent.

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