There are many areas that counselling can help with. Credence offers one-on one, couples and family sessions for all ages in all areas. Some common areas people seek counselling regarding are listed below, along with common symptoms. You can contact us to discuss your individual needs, or book an appointment and these can be discussed in your first session.
Anxiety and Stress
Living with anxiety and stress can leave you feeling vulnerable and unable to cope.
Stressful life events, exams, work uncertainty and unexpected change are some of the causes of anxiety in our lives. Common symptoms of anxiety include: feelings of panic, fear, difficulty sleeping, muscle tension, headaches, shortness of breath, restlessness, nausea, dizziness, worry and avoidance of uncomfortable situations.
Counselling can help you understand your emotional responses and develop effective strategies to manage situations and build resilience.
Living with depression can make your world feel very small, and even the most basic life choices seem overwhelming. Our thoughts, insights, feelings, body sensations and interpretations of the world can be affected. We don’t often know when others are depressed, and we may not recognise it in ourselves. Sometimes it takes someone close to you to suggest a possible explanation for your feelings.
Counselling can help you understand your thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life and develop strategies that help you build awareness, curiosity and connection.
A situation is traumatic when an event or situation overwhelms an individual’s capacity to cope either physically or emotionally.
Trauma is often associated with some event that is overtly violent, a car accident, an assault, a disaster (fire, flood, drought), when all that is familiar in your world is changed, leading to confusion and uncertainly. It can also be less obvious. Domestic violence can be hard to see, but emotional, verbal, financial, spiritual and physical abuse causes trauma too. The uncertainty experienced with trauma can be prolonged or compounded by being worried about bringing your experience home with you, meaning you have no safe place, or because home is the source of your trauma and therefore not safe.
Symptoms of trauma could include anxiety, depression, substance use issues, difficulty sleeping, stress, acute risk of suicide and possibly post-traumatic stress.
Individual or group counselling can provide a safe place to explore what has happened, understand your responses and find healthy ways to cope. Counselling can help you understand your thoughts and feelings about what is happening in your life and develop strategies that help you build awareness, curiosity and connection.
Everyone deserves a relationship where they feel valued and loved. Feeling safe in relationship allows us to connect, listen and empathise with our partner.
Navigating relationships where chronic disconnection, tension, defensiveness and irritability exist triggers our self protective behaviours and redirects our actions to those that will protect us and keep us feeling safe. Emotional safety is one of the most important aspects of a satisfying connection in a loving relationship. Brene Brown reminds us that “vulnerability is the birthplace of love, belonging, joy, courage, empathy, accountability and authenticity”.
Counselling can help you intentionally communicate your feelings and work towards creating a bond based on acceptance and love in a safe place without judgment.
Grief and Loss
Nothing can really prepare us for the loss of those we love. Loneliness, sorrow, emotional upheaval, numbing and disconnection are just a few of our responses.
We experience grief and loss for many reasons including; the death of someone we love, job loss, relationship breakdown / divorce, unexpected change, or the loss of a pet. When we lose someone we love or experience sudden changes, we have to remake our picture of the world and our place in it now. Grief ebbs and flows. It’s symptoms include: insomnia, or other sleep disorders, difficulty breathing, auditory or visual hallucinations, appetite problems, and dryness of mouth.
Counselling provides a safe environment for you to work out how to navigate the upheaval grief brings.
Parenting and Family Relationships
We stay parents all our lives, no matter the age or stage of our children. Babies, toddlers, tweens, teenagers, young adults, adults and grandparents, all ages come with joys and frustrations. How do we raise resilient children? How do we help them self-regulate as they make choices and experience growing up? How do we support each other when adult children make choices that negatively affect the family?
Counselling can help you navigate the complexities of being a parent, so that you can navigate the lifelong course of parenting, showing up intentionally and with love, even in the most difficult times.