When Do You Ask for Support?

It is a new year and many people are looking to turn over a new leaf, change habits, start something new, find contentment. Many people are going through very difficult things and the holidays themselves can be rough. People are hoping this year life will get easier, happier, better. It probably will. Time helps. Yet, friends and family are also valuable as support.

If you feel like you need a different perspective or you're leaning on them too much, though, or just need a more neutral space to explore your life - counselling may be a good idea. It is one of the kindest things you can do for yourself - giving yourself that 50 minutes a week just for you, just to untangle and process. It is removed from your personal life, private, and provides a safe, supportive environment to step back and see things more clearly. Its a kindness you deserve.

If you can afford it, private counselling is a great option. You can look through places like the BACP Find a Therapist Directory to find someone who fits your needs. If private counselling is not an option and you cannot wait for a NHS referral, lots of charities offer low cost counselling. Big charities, Mind, are available but often there are great choices in your local neighbourhood that have more flexibility and availability.

Here are some resources that may help: http://www.mind.org.uk/information-support/drugs-and-treatments/talking-treatments/accessing-treatment/#.VoZpjpOLQdU

http://www.southeastlondoncounselling.org.uk/lowcost.htm

This is a recent article on this topic: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/dec/30/do-i-need-counselling-google?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_Gmail