Physical illness can be emotionally draining – a common cold can even do this to you; but ongoing psychical illness can sometimes sap at self-esteem, at initiative, at a sense of emotional well-being, and it can cause a strain on relationships too. You may have received medical attention, however you may not have been offered the opportunity to talk about what you experience of the illness or disability has meant to you or how it has affected you.
Some of your physical health related problems might include:
Acute illness, possibly leading to
Chronic, progressive and life-threatening conditions
Counselling/ psychotherapy can make a valuable contribution in helping people to cope with inner conflicts and emotional difficulties. Serious illnesses and or disabilities are commonly accompanied by considerable anxiety, despair, thoughts of suicide, and other strong feelings for both clients and carers.
The counselling work includes:
Recognising the client’s emotional, social, physical and clinical needs
Thinking about issues relating to difference, change, and loss
Identifying strengths that can be built on
My aim is to support those who may struggle in coming to terms with their own, or a relative’s illness or disability; this in turn can help them to cope more effectively.