It is quite usual for problems to come together, having a kind of knock-on effect. For example, difficulties at work can easily lead to anxious feelings. These might cause uncontrollable anger which then creates tension in personal relationships.
Some issues that prompt people to come to counselling
Alzheimer’s or illness in the family. Being a carer.
Anxiety or panic attacks or stress.
Being bullied or harassed.
Bereavement and grief. Other forms of loss.
Career and work problems, redundancy.
Lack of confidence and low self-esteem.
Painful memories from childhood.
Problems with friends.
Questions about career or creative work.
Retirement, or children leaving home.
Separation, divorce and the breakdown of a relationship.
Sexual identity questions.
Trauma and abuse.
To find out more about counselling issues, look at the Counselling Directory’s ‘Types of Distress’ page. BACP also has an A-Z of problems on their ‘Helping you With’ page and lists of available counsellors in your area.
Picking up the phone can take courage
It may be something you have thought about for days, months or even years, before you finally pick up the phone and make that call. Getting help and support from a professional counsellor may seem like something only really unwell people might do. Yet it is perfectly normal and becoming increasingly common.