We all encounter challenging circumstances in life and can often benefit from additional support to get through a difficult period or crisis. Counselling services can provide the assistance you need. If you are feeling stressed, anxious about a specific situation, or just need someone to talk to, then a counsellor can help.
Dr Karren-Lee Raymond PhD has extended her services to offer wider counselling services, including relationship counselling for problems related to family, parenting, divorce, or separation; grief counselling for bereavement and loss; general counselling to help with life planning, motivation, conflict resolution, depression and anxiety.
Counselling services provide individuals with the opportunity to explore their feelings in a safe and confidential environment. The specialised skills of a professional counsellor can help people make sense of their problems and take action to resolve them. Emphatically in some cases, this may open up further possibilities for specialised professional help with a specific matter that is presented.
But what exactly is counselling? And when should you consider using these services?
Counselling is a talking therapy that helps clients to explore and understand their feelings and thoughts in a confidential and safe space with a trained professional. There are a variety of counselling services, including relationship counselling, grief counselling, and addiction counselling. This therapy can help resolve a variety of problems, such as stress, anxiety, depression, relationship issues, trauma, and substance abuse problems.
Counselling can also help with the development of overall wellbeing by enhancing a client’s creativity, coping skills and goal setting. Many counselling services also provide online counselling.
However, counselling is not a quick fix. It takes time for clients to explore their feelings and resolve their issues. On average, clients meet with their counsellor once a week for up to an hour. However, the frequency of sessions varies depending on each client’s specific needs.
If you are feeling stressed by a specific situation, such as the loss of a loved one, divorce, financial trouble, or even a move to a new neighbourhood, a counsellor can help you work through your feelings and deal with them. If you are feeling anxious or depressed, a counsellor can help you understand what is happening in your mind and body and equip you with the skills to manage your symptoms.
If you are going through a tough time in your life, such as dealing with a serious health issue, a struggle with addiction recovery, a divorce, or the death of a loved one, a counsellor can help you process your feelings and make a plan to help you move on to the next chapter of your life.
During a counselling session your counsellor will invite you to talk about your experiences, thoughts and feelings, and the specific problems you would like to resolve. For example, some people use counselling to learn new ways of coping with stress or anxiety. Dr Karren-Lee Raymond’s PhD approach to counselling helps each client make sense of a range of difficult life experiences and become a more integrated person.
Counselling is an individualised process and not a one-size-fits-all approach. It’s a client-centred process that considers a range of factors such as age, gender, culture, religion, sexual orientation, and physical abilities. Counselling can help you to achieve your potential and lead a more fulfilled life.
Counselling can help resolve a wide range of problems. These include:
There are many kinds of counselling available, and there is no one “right” choice. One type of counselling may be better suited to a specific type of problem than another. Dr Karren-Lee Raymond PhD offers relationship counselling, grief counselling and general counselling services in Brisbane. You can learn more about these different approaches to counselling below.
Relationship counselling services aim to help you improve your relationships with the people around you, especially a partner, spouse, children and other family members. Sometimes relationship counselling services can have a specific focus such as marriage counselling or couples counselling. However, it can also provide support if you are experiencing relationship problems in the workplace, such as bullying, harassment, or abuse. Dr Raymond PhD offers relationship counselling services in Brisbane to couples, parents, families and individuals.Importantly, Dr Raymond is mindful of particular matters that arise in the counselling session may require seeking a specific area of expertise to deal with such matters e.g., domestic violence.
Relationship counselling helps individual clients to develop the skills needed to have healthy constructive relationships at work and in their personal lives. However, marriage and couples counselling can also help individuals learn how to communicate more effectively with their significant other to strengthen the relationship. In these situations, couples attend counselling sessions together.
A professional relationship counsellor helps couples to improve communication between them and develop greater trust. This may include asking each person to listen to their partner’s point of view and then learn how to express empathy and understanding in a non-judgemental manner.
Couples in counselling will explore a range of ways to improve their relationship such as setting up schedules and boundaries, spending regular leisure time together, and avoiding arguments or fights by communicating with each other openly, honestly, and clearly.
Individuals may benefit from relationship counselling services during a separation or divorce. Relationship counselling can help a client learn how to communicate constructively and effectively with their ex-partner or spouse, especially when the shared custody of children is involved.
Grief or bereavement counselling can help clients cope with the loss of a loved one such as a spouse, partner, child, or other close friend or family member. Importantly, grief may also be experienced when going through major changes in one’s life and especially appropriate for those surviving the death of a loved one or major changes in one’s work, living situation, or addressing health issues that may hinder their familiar way of doing things e.g., substance abuse.
Dr Raymond PhD offers grief counselling in Brisbane to anyone struggling with loss. This may include the loss of a pet, the breakdown of a relationship or estrangement from a family member. There are many approaches to grief counselling available. Your initial assessment for counselling will provide important information about which approach might be the most appropriate one for you and if need be, seek further professional help if a specific matter arises.
Sometimes people can lose themselves and their sense of identity after the loss of a loved one. They may become stuck in blocked grief which, if left untreated, can spiral downwards into a complicated grief reaction that includes deep sadness, anger, guilt, shame, and depression. Grief counselling is especially beneficial for healing blocked grief reactions and processing the painful feelings associated with complicated grief.
Dr Karren-Lee Raymond PhD offers general counselling services in Brisbane to support her clients with a range of other issues including life planning, motivation, conflict resolution, depression, anxiety, and stress. There are very few problems that counselling cannot help. Dr Raymond’s PhD approach to counselling is client-centred, collaborative and holistic.
Research has demonstrated that it is the quality of the relationship between a counsellor and their client that drives positive change, rather than the theory, approach or model used. When attending counselling with Dr Raymond PhD, you will be treated as a whole person rather than a set of symptoms or problems, and each session will be tailored to meet your unique needs.
The idea of going to counselling can be scary. However, counselling is a collaborative healing process. It involves opening up about your thoughts and feelings, exploring them with your counsellor, developing coping skills and resolving problems. It is important to remember that counselling takes time and that you won’t see progress right away. As the relationship with your counsellor deepens over time through open communication and trust, your counselling sessions will help you resolve your problems and move towards a better future. Take the first step and contact Dr Raymond PhD today via the contact form below.
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