Sustaining a brain injury has an impact on people’s lives in many ways and can be overwhelming for both the survivor and their family members. It can leave us feeling worthless, misunderstood, lonely, and frustrated. The trauma can result in heightened states of anxiety, difficulty controlling emotions, changes in relationships with family and friends, financial strain, and difficulty adjusting to changes in work, school, or home life.
The counselling process can make a difference to people's lives. Counselling is a talking therapy that helps people recover emotionally after their injury. The purpose of counselling is to help clients achieve their personal goals, and gain greater insight into their lives. By providing a confidential, safe space to explore and facilitate uncomfortable distressing feelings, it offers an opportunity for a client to come to a greater understanding of their self. They may find that they are unhappy with a relationship, with the way things are going right now, or just feel that they need to talk with someone to get some help to come to terms with a problem. These problems can include depression, anxiety, relationship issues, marital/family issues, sexuality issues and substance abuse to name a few.
The main purpose of counselling is to learn more about our self, the way we think and the way we view our life. People of all ages, from many walks of life, come for counselling. It is important for everyone to find a direction and purpose in their life, especially after they have had a head injury or have become the carer of a loved one who has sustained a life-changing trauma.
Counselling has been shown to be helpful to many people and can lead to improvements in relationships, solutions to specific problems, and decrease in feelings of distress. A trained counsellor, who has a specialized knowledge and understanding of the affects of trauma, can provide unbiased, empathic and objective emotional support. Working with you to develop new skills and coping mechanisms to facilitate and strengthen your abilities to deal with future problems unaided.