‘How coun­selling helps stress’

Woman's Weekly (UK) - - Health Choices -

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

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