Therapy can help with specific issues, like our response to things that have happened to us, either as a child or  an adult: 

  • bereavement
  • relationship difficulties
  • work stress and/or redundancy
  • bullying
  • coping with the legacy of abuse (emotional, physical or sexual) or neglect

Life transitions can sometimes trip us up, leaving us floundering. Therapy can help with these:

  • Getting married, or settling down
  • Becoming - and being - a parent (especially if our own experience of being parented was difficult)
  • The empty nest syndrome, when children move out. What happens to our identity?
  • The menopause/mid-life crisis
  • Retirement
  • Caring for elderly parents

Therapy can also help with struggles we may have around accepting who we are, such as:

  • living with a chronic physical or emotional/mental health disorder
  • body image problems - living in a body that we find hard to like or accept, or that we might feel has let us down 
  • sexual or gender identity

And then there are the struggles that are perhaps harder to define or identify the root of, but that cause us misery and can feel utterly overwhelming:

  • Low self-esteem and lack of self-worth, or self-hatred
  • Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Anger management difficulties
  • Difficulties in making and maintaining relationships,
  • Feeling unable to trust others and general feelings of insecurity 
  • Feeling that there must be more to life - that you are only living half a life

Many people who come to therapy are extremely successful in specific areas (such as their career), but feel unfulfilled in other areas of their life. Sometimes such struggles are masked (perhaps even to ourselves) by problems such as:

  • Disordered eating
  • Excessive alcohol consumption or drug use
  • Self-harm
  • Frequent, short-term sexual relationships ('one night stands')

But therapy doesn't just have to be about dealing with difficulties.  Therapy is a fantastic way to get to know yourself better - a journey of discovery.