1. Self-awareness changes everything

Without it, you can be in a confused fog of living. Developing self-awareness allows you to look down on your world and become an observer. You begin to make sense of things, thus bringing a sense of clarity and understanding. This puts you in a starting place to consider change.

2. You will notice your thoughts and begin to manage them

With 60,000-plus thoughts and many repetitive ones running through your mind every day, you can recognise how your thoughts have the potential to shape your mood and life. Once you begin to notice ‘the chatterbox’ mindlessly jabbering away in your head, you are suddenly more in command of your thinking.

3. You will live more in the moment

If you have anxiety or depression, you might spend a good deal of time either worrying about the future or regretting the past. Counselling can help you live more mindfully in the present and to feel more peaceful and connected to the world.

4. You will understand why you do things which don’t make sense

Maybe you overeat or self-harm or drink too much. Perhaps you are bemused or ashamed by your behaviour and wonder why you can’t ‘just stop’. Counselling provides a safe place to explore your ambivalence and fears about change.

5. You will begin to value yourself

Maybe you have become adept at pleasing others. Counselling can help you to recognise the value in showing yourself true consideration and empathy.

6. You will begin to make sense of the past

And know how it has influenced the person you are today. There can be exceptional value gained in understanding the past and how it has influenced your life journey. Old wounds can be healed and painful experiences worked through.

7. Your relationships can become more meaningful

In counselling you may come to appreciate the relationships which are important to you and warrant further investment. You might also decide to take a step back from relationships that are toxic or hindering your wellbeing. The therapeutic relationship of counselling offers a practice arena for relationships in the real world.

8. You will become braver and less anxious

The world may have become a fearful and antagonising place. You might have good reasons or experiences that validate this world view. Counselling can support you in healing from these difficult experiences, so they have less impact. You can begin to create your own safe-passage through the world tapping into your happiness and fulfilment.