Anxiety is top of the list for people seeking counselling and therapy

What are people bringing to counselling? Anxiety tops the list

People come to counselling for all sorts of reasons, from help with a mental health issue to wanting time and space to explore life options. Below is a list of the most searched terms that people use when looking for counselling and therapy help, the ones I have included are all related to the work that I do.

What is of note is the number of diagnostic labels and terms that people use in their searches, this might reflect an increased awareness of mental health conditions or that more people are searching for help from the private sector for these challenges.  Anxiety consistently comes up in the therapy room and in the list of what people search, addiction appears to be on the rise in searches as does personality disorders.  Many people come to therapy without words or a label for what is wrong and that can be part of the therapy process, to help the person discover what is wrong and understand it, it is then that changes can happen.

Anxiety continues to be the most searched term on  Counselling Directories.

relationship issues

generalised anxiety disorder

depression

bipolar disorder/manic depression

panic disorder

seasonal affective disorder (sad)

phobias

family issues

addiction(s) I have a website dedicated to this type of counselling and therapy here

affairs and betrayals

separation and divorce

abuse

anger management

bereavement

low self-esteem

emotional abuse

alcoholism

sexual abuse

personality disorders

sex addiction

gambling

low self-confidence

drug abuse

internet addiction

borderline personality disorder

stress

domestic violence

bullying

disabilities

carer support

narcissistic personality disorder

post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)

work related stress

suicidal thoughts

avoidant personality disorder

self-harm

trauma

obsessive-compulsive personality disorder

paranoid personality disorder

dependent personality disorder

antisocial personality disorder

histrionic personality disorder

schizoid personality disorder

passive aggressive behavior

sexuality

mental health

For help with any of these issues and other emotional difficulties please do make contact

Anxiety

A Book Recommendation

Can a Mindfulness book offer therapy for Anxiety?

I recently had the opportunity to take a holiday and took time to revisit a book that I really enjoyed “Mindfulness – Be Mindful…. Live in the moment” by Gill Hanson. The book itself, I feel, offers in itself some therapy for anxiety, offering suffers possibly a new and deeper understanding of anxiety and worry, this deeper understanding can often help people become less anxious.

therapy for anxiety

The book: “Mindfulness – Be Mindful.. Live in the moment” by Gill Hanson.

I experience so often clients feelings of depression are in the past, and anxiety often has a future focus, the present, when approached mindfully, can often offer a place of serenity and peace. The present moment actually becomes a present indeed.

Anyone who takes an interest in counselling, psychology and therapy will be aware of the growing talk of Mindfulness, many therapies increasingly engage with and incorporate concepts of mindfulness.

Clients report to me the benefits of mindfulness practice and I myself both formally and informally incorporate it both into my counselling practice and life. I often recommend mindfulness and discuss with clients how they might approach it, I often find clients who are seeking help and therapy for anxiety benefit from it.

This book I feel is one of the best books I have read on the subject of Mindfulness, offering both practical experiences and some theoretical depth. Interestingly its a fun read also!  I enjoyed it more this time around than the first time I read it, maybe I was more “present” this time!

If you find the book of interest and want to learn more, a number of therapist offer mindfulness courses and I am happy to recommend one or two. I have also found some wonderful free podcasts and online courses. Many people have found Mindfulness to greatly benefit them, however, keep in mind that not everyone finds it helpful and some find it unhelpful.

Depression Tops List of Reasons for seeking therapy (March 2014)

epression Tops List of Reasons for seeking therapy (March 2014)

Depression continues to be one of the main reasons that clients seek therapy.  I have listed below some of the main words that regularly appear at the top of searched terms on counselling directories and therapist listing sites.

I have taken a few out, as they are issues or subjects that I don’t tend to work with, for example, I don’t do Couples Counselling, so have taken that out of the list. So here are the top 22 issues that others seek counselling and therapy for , all of which I work with ….and … if its not on the list I may still be able to help, so please do make contact this list is the top 22 and people come to counselling for hundreds of different reasons, in fact sometimes people don’t know why they come, they don’t know what’s wrong, they just feel that something is. I am aware that not everyone likes to label how they feel, for example, not everyone likes the term depression, and I understand both perspectives on the use of labels like depression.

depression

relationship issues

anxiety

generalised anxiety 

bipolar disorder/manic depression

seasonal affective disorder (sad)

postnatal depression

family issues

affairs and betrayals

panic disorder

separation and divorce

addiction(s)

phobias

cross cultural relationships

abuse

anger management

sexual issues

bereavement

low self-esteem

personality disorders

alcoholism

eating disorders

 

Counselling can help with these and other struggles that people have, for details or to make an appointment please to get in touch. 

Depression Counselling