Skip to main content
  1. Counselling Services/
  2. Reasons for Counselling/


Shame can begin in early childhood or anytime in life through various interactions that shape our sense of self-worth. When faced with strong criticism, neglect, or abuse, individuals often internalize these negative experiences, leading to feelings of being fundamentally flawed and unloveable. This can result in a lifetime struggle with low self-esteem and the adoption of coping mechanisms like perfectionism, people-pleasing, or masking one’s true self. These defensive responses, aimed at avoiding rejection and gaining acceptance, often lead to further emotional distress and disconnection from one’s genuine self. Understanding and addressing these shame-based patterns is crucial for personal growth and healthier relationships.

In this video, the outworkings of a shame based identity are shared and therapy can help to reverse the impact of shame.

Click here for the Shame Model Printable Handout.


You may find that your continued involvement with a substance or activity, despite its negative consequences, is a sign of addiction, which requires understanding and addressing the roots of the issue in healthier ways.
Anger and Conflict
Conflict in relationships escalate through three stages: complaint is expressing dissatisfaction, criticism involves identifying recurring behavioral patterns, but contempt, the most toxic stage, attacks a person’s character, leading to a destructive ‘you versus me’ dynamic
If you’re experiencing symptoms of anxiety such as apprehension, tension, or excessive worry, it’s important to talk to your GP and consider counselling, as it can provide valuable support and strategies to address underlying contributing factors and manage anxiety effectively.
In the heart-wrenching journey of grieving a loved one, counselling can be a vital support, helping individuals navigate the intense emotions associated with the Five Stages of Grief: Denial, Anger, Bargaining, Depression, and Acceptance.
If you are experiencing symptoms like persistent low mood, loss of interest in activities, and other emotional or physical changes, your GP can provide initial support and medication. Speaking with a counsellor can help identify the underlying factors and help you through.
Gender and Sexual Identity
If you have questions about your gender or sexuality, deeply intertwined with your self-identity, counselling can offer a supportive environment to enhance your self-awareness, navigate societal challenges, and gain a clearer understanding of your true self.