Two things have been mentioned within
difficulties within our life is more common place than ever realised
a counsellor can be a difficult decision
British Association of Counsellors and
Psychotherapists conducted some research and found one in four adults suffer
from common mental health issues. Yet how many of you suffering actually seek
Andrea has put some facts together to
help reassure you that you are not alone with some of your issues and to
provide reassurance and confidence that she runs a successful practice. The
information has been collected over a six year period.
Those who have attended her private
practice range from age 5-63 years and there is fairly much an equal split between
male (44%) and females (55%).
Most of you refer yourself to counselling,
however over a quarter of you are referred by a family member.
Nearly half of you have had
counselling previously and some are currently on medication to help with their
Many of you come to counselling for
numerous reasons and once in therapy explore other areas which are unique to
you. Whilst it is important to recognise that each of you have your own
individual challenges and difficulties to explore, there are some commonplace
reasons as to why you would choose to come to therapy and common themes that
are covered within sessions.
Common themes that bring you to
related to primary support group, including family circumstances
related to your social environment
in relationship with spouse or partner
exclusion and rejection
resulting in loss of self-esteem in childhood
management difficulty (most common)
- Problems related to negative life events in childhood
Common themes covered in sessions:
- Interpersonal relationship
Different people are in different
places when they embark on their therapeutic journey. Some are dealing with
very difficult life situations, with 34% experiencing suicidal thoughts and
36% thoughts of self-harm, whilst 20% have thoughts of causing harm to others. Some
are struggling to function on a day to day basis; whereas some are simply
looking to increase self-awareness and work on self-development. The place in
which you find yourself varies for each individual.
From the data collected there is clear
evidence that Andrea has reduced concerns for wellbeing by 73%, problem solving
by 73%, day to day functioning by 69%, risk by 89% and overall concerns by 72%.
In summary, Andrea has taken individuals
on average from a clinical population to a non-clinical population for mental
*Based on data collected using the CORE