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.
generalised anxiety disorder
bipolar disorder/manic depression
seasonal affective disorder (sad)
affairs and betrayals
separation and divorce
borderline personality disorder
narcissistic personality disorder
post-traumatic stress disorder (ptsd)
work related stress
avoidant personality disorder
paranoid personality disorder
dependent personality disorder
antisocial personality disorder
histrionic personality disorder
schizoid personality disorder
passive aggressive behavior