It may sound cliched for a counsellor to talk about feelings but it is something I am very passionate about. It is so important knowing how you feel, communicating how you feel and also knowing what to do with your feelings. I believe if we can master this skill then we would all lead much happier lives.
This is a poem I came across many years ago. I feel that many of my clients that have experienced trauma or abuse in childhood may relate to this. It shows the impact such abuse can have not only on themselves but how they may relate to others.
I once worked with a young woman that had a very traumatic childhood. She had been sexually abused by her brother and teacher, emotionally abused by her mother and physically abused by her father. When I met her she was a very unhappy person with low self esteem, severe depression and anxiety and at times she was self harming and suicidal.
A grounding technique is simply a type of tool within the cognitive behavioural therapy framework used to help an individual learn to ‘ground’ him or herself and in doing so to be better able to keep themselves in the present.
People cope with anxiety in a number of different ways. Some of these can be quite effective in immediately reducing anxiety, however, they may not be helpful for effectively dealing with anxiety in the long run.
Being able to identify how you are currently coping with anxiety and why this may not be the best long term solution is important.
Anxiety is a common feeling for many people. Different situations can cause various levels of anxiety for you. One way to reduce your anxiety is to understand how anxiety effects you.
If you are feeling down or depressed on a regular basis there is no substitute for talking it through with a qualified professional. However there are certainly some tips that I can give you to help you cope with those feelings that may get you through a particularly tough day.
If you have experienced the loss of a loved one there are no hard and fast rules that will make you feel better. Everyone grieves in their own way, however I have prepared a list of tips to keep in mind that might help you manage the feelings of grief that you may be struggling to deal with...