People struggle with a discrepancy between their internal desires, wishes, hopes, thoughts and feelings and what others and society expects from them. When this discrepancy becomes too big people begin to feel at ‘at odds’ with themselves. They can begin to believe they cannot live up to the expectations and ideals they and others have for them. When this occurs, the psychological symptoms described above become prevalent. This, in turn, can lead to profound sadness and distress as well as a decline in objective functioning.

Counselling is helpful for:

  • Anxiety, panic and phobias
  • Feeling overwhelmed by your emotions
  • Trauma
  • Abuse
  • Stress and burnout
  • Low mood and depression
  • Relationship challenges
  • Grief
  • Anger
  • Feelings of shame and worthlessness
  • Sleeping difficulties
  • Chronic pain and lethargy
  • Domestic violence
  • Addictions
  • Self-destructive behaviours
  • Self-harm or suicidal thoughts

If you can relate to any of the symptoms above, I know somewhat what you’re struggling with. I also know how hard it can be to cope with these issues and how desperate you may feel when nothing seems to help.

Therapy provides you with the time and space to share these experiences, thoughts, and feelings in a non-judgmental setting.  We explore where your expectations and ideals come from and you begin to learn that every part of you is valued, accepted and important. The empathy and acceptance that is experienced in therapy allows you to internalise a new set of compassionate, wise, kind, and strong ideals and values that help you to better contain and process your intense and distressing thoughts and emotions. You will become more self-accepting and more-self-tolerant. This allows you to make wise decisions that are in keeping with your core values. In this way you will be able to extend and generalise the insights and changes obtained in therapy to many other areas of your life. Therapy is therefore the first step in building new habits, relationships and ideals that promote meaning, health and general well-being.

Call 07590548842 or email pauliina@pauliinapohjonen.com and ask for your free 15-minute phone consultation