There are times when things just don’t feel right internally. Sometimes we can’t put our finger on why but there is a feeling of sadness, disquiet, disconnect and vulnerability. Other times there are life circumstances or situations that we can attribute these feelings to. For example the loss of a loved one, overwhelming grief, a relationship breakdown, a crisis to do with life stage and sense of purpose, work problems, infertility, family conflicts and many other situations. Until recently, and to a certain extent even now there is still a stigma about admitting that you feel you are not coping. Mental health is not talked about the way physical health is spoken of. Emotional pain is as real and valid as physical pain and is a sign that you need to attend to this pain just as you would a headache or illness such as diabetes. Because we are not shown how to sit with discomfort or understand it we often try to ignore it, self medicate or dismiss it as a passing thought. However usually this is a Band-Aid approach and the suffering often finds a way to keep resurfacing. Counselling seems like an intangible concept but talking to someone who is trained to understand the layers of the human psyche that can cause suffering can make a real difference. There is no single style of counselling,and different practitioners use different modalities. There is no one type that is better or worse than another. It is a completely individual experience. Ginette works with you in a way that suits your personality and needs. Sometimes we spend a lot of time ruminating about past events or crystal balling about events in the future. This can be a large cause of suffering in the present. Counselling helps you develop coping mechanisms to bring about a more peaceful way to live in the present with less anxiety about the past and future. This is in no way to be dismissive of very real sadness or conflicts about the past nor about some of the very real uncertainties that exist regarding the future, rather it is about creating tools to help make the moment more tolerable, peaceful and hopeful.