Sometimes we just need someone to talk to about difficulties we're going through. These might be work stresses, health concerns, relationship troubles, bereavements, family issues or deep issues about our identity or the purpose of our lives. Many of us feel alone in times like these and the burden of worry can be immense.
- In 2012 a total of 202 GPs reported that 84% of their appointments were attributed to issues with stress and anxiety, with 55% reporting mental health issues.
- In 2013, 615 million people suffered from depression or anxiety worldwide (World Health Organisation, 2016).
- Current figures state that each year in Britain an estimated one in four adults will experience at least one diagnosable mental health problem, though only 230 of every 300 who need help will actually visit their GP.
Whatever the issue, if you need someone to talk to, creating space to talk and think about things can be invaluable.
Counselling can be short term or long term and is a flexible way of supporting you through difficult times with a caring, non-judgemental professional to listen.
People often report that one of the best parts of counselling is being able to get things off their chest and have someone listen who doesn't judge how you feel. Counselling is different from some therapies, like CBT, as counsellors are trained not to give advice or "fix people", but rather to listen, support and help you find your own solutions.
If you would like to speak to one of our psychologists, call us on 0131 215 1066 or email