Hello and welcome.
Thank you for taking the time to view this website. We know that it can be really daunting when life is tough to know where to turn.
Life can throw all sorts of curve balls at us and sometimes it can just feel too overwhelming. If this is your experience, then you are certainly not alone. 1 in 4 people will encounter mental health problems every year.
Perhaps you may be finding it hard to come to terms with a relationship ending or a bereavement?
There may be something about a relationship or friendship that is causing you difficulty?
You may feel like you are living on the edge of life rather than living it fully, due to a lack of confidence, self-esteem or trauma perhaps?
Your experience may be work or health-related which is impacting on your quality of life or perhaps something happened in the past that you are finding difficult to move on from?
Even welcome changes to our situation can impact in ways that we were not expecting.
You may not even know what’s getting you down or causing difficult emotions such as anxiety, anger, fear, or sadness or even know exactly what you are feeling; you just get a sense that something is off kilter and it’s worrying you.
Whatever it is that has brought you to this website, please know that you have taken a huge and brave step in even contemplating counselling.
Our belief is that counselling offers a unique relationship and a confidential space to explore whatever it is that may be troubling you. Whether it feels like a massive problem, or you’re still not clear on what’s going on for you, we are here to help and support you, without any judgment.
Adults, teenagers and children who work with us know that we offer a warm and caring environment, that is full of encouragement, where the time is taken to really listen and understand what you are thinking and feeling from your perspective. This unique relationship can really help you to identify and understand the root cause of what you may be having difficulties with and how to move forward, make changes and achieve your goals.
In today’s fast-paced and pressured society, we absorb so many messages and conditions on who to be, what to do, and how to behave, in order to fit in, meet expectations, achieve or feel ‘good enough’. It’s all too easy, to lose sight of the true sense of who we are, and what we need. Not living as our true authentic selves can lead to feelings of loneliness, frustration, despair, disconnection, anxiety, sadness, anger or low-self esteem and confidence, which can have a huge impact on our wellbeing and the choices we make about our lives and our relationships.
Whilst a journey of self-discovery to find peace, self-acceptance and direction can be an important reason to seek counselling, past and present difficulties may also be a contributing factor:-
- Separation or Divorce
- Feeling trapped or experiencing difficulties in a relationship
- Difficult family dynamics and issues
- Physical mental or terminal disorder or illness
- Concerns about mental health
- Past or present trauma and abuse
- Changes in identity and difficulties experienced around difference and diversity
- Difficulties around pregnancy, non-pregnancy, miscarriage or parenthood
- Experiences around learning difficulties and educational needs
These are just some of the many situations that we may find ourselves having to deal with. Difficulties that are then faced, on top of the already demanding current climate, surrounding social, financial, work, family and cultural pressures that we have to navigate on a daily basis. Is it any wonder then, that we can find ourselves out of our window of tolerance at times with fewer reserves or the resilience to cope? Perhaps left stuck or spiralling in a cycle of negative thoughts and emotions that we can’t seem to move on from?
If you were to choose to work with us, you would have the benefit of the different approaches to counselling that I specialise in, which can be integrated within the counselling work to meet your individual needs. These approaches draw on the concepts of ‘Person-Centred’, ‘Cognitive Behavioural Therapy’, ‘Transactional Analysis’ and working creatively if that is something that would interest you.
Please feel free to ask any questions and we look forward to having the privilege of being a part of your counselling journey when you feel ready.
“The curious paradox is that when I accept myself just as I am, then I can change.”
When looking for a counsellor to support you through your journey, it’s really important that they are part of a recognised governing body such as the BACP, UKCP or the NCS to ensure that they are working to ethical and professional standards and it is important that they feel like a good fit for you; someone who makes you feel comfortable and at ease when you meet them. See our article on finding the right counsellor for you.
That’s why we will be guided by you at the end of your Initial Consultation to determine whether you would feel happy for us to work together. Obviously, there is no pressure to do so and even if you do and change your mind further down the line, then that is perfectly okay too. This is your journey.
Check out the ‘about us’ page to find out more about what Courage2Be can offer.
If you would like any further information or if you would like to arrange an initial consultation then please call Janine on 07887353151 or complete the contact form below.
We hope to hear from you soon.
Janine and the Team
Company Name: Courage2Be
Registered Office: Houghton Regis, Dunstable, Beds
Phone No: 07887353151
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