Nicci Alder Counsellor
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Nicci Alder
Humanistic Counsellor

Do you have to be diagnosed as mentally unwell, or unable to function ‘normally’ to justify having counselling?

Absolutely not!

Public awareness is growing in acceptance that mental health is interdependent, and as important, as physical health.

1 in 4 people currently have mental health difficulties and those are as varied as people are.

The out-dated notion of ‘normal’ is openly being challenged to respect the wide diversity of individual and cultural experiences, or perceptions of what it is to be human.

Emotional literacy: self-awareness, self-development and self-care, is scientifically and socially heralded as vital for leading a satisfying life.

Counselling provides an ethical, confidential, judgement-free, empathic relationship in which to explore you and your thinking, feelings and behaviours, for whatever purpose you seek.

And if you don’t know what you seek, that’s OK too!

Every stage in life offers fresh challenges such as retirement, having children, starting a new job, or when marrying, or divorcing, facing disappointments and regrets, health challenges, or after losing a loved one, to name just a few.

At these times, not only do new situational issues crop up, but it’s common to find that thoughts, feelings and behaviours from old wounds reappear.

Those niggling issues that we may not have fully addressed come bubbling to the surface, or what once we coped easily with can feel overwhelming.

And we may be experiencing something as devastating as depression, or crippling anxiety. This often comes with decreasing confidence in ourselves, in others and the world, alongside a sense of isolation or feeling hopeless. Some suffer the unbearable pain of shame- based feelings and self -hatred.

All are welcomed and can be helped by the counselling relationship and process.

Have another question about counselling? Call me at Total Health West Berkshire.

If you have any questions or need any information then please get in touch on 01635 791 301 or visit the contact us page.

Warm wishes,

The Total Health Team

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