‘How counselling helps stress’
lack of support for people living with the effects of stroke. There’s very little in the way of talking therapies for people with life-limiting or life-changing illnesses or their families. But it can be crucial in helping everyone cope.
In the months after david’s stroke, I googled ‘counselling’, and was so interested in what I found that I signed up for a training course.
When you or someone close experiences a major, life-changing health event, it’s important to have someone to talk to about your anxieties.
david’s stroke paralysed the right-hand side of his body. years later, he’s much more independent, but still has no use in his right arm. We talked a lot to each other – counselled ourselves, really – but it can be difficult for lots of families, who may not want to open up to others close to them who are struggling themselves.
Counsellors show empathy but aren’t emotionally involved. Talking and using techniques like CBT (Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) can help people take control, manage their responses and cope with their feelings.
after fours years, I’m now a qualified counsellor and hypnotherapist, doing both private and nhs work, specifically with life-limiting illnesses. But I also see people with anxieties and self-esteem issues, working on building their confidence and relationships.
Expect to pay about £50 for a one-hour counselling session. To find out more about Christine’s sessions, visit christinemortimercounselling.co.uk. For counselling training information from Chrysalis, visit chrysaliscourses.ac.uk