LET YOURSELF BE.
When you are in therapy, the 50 minutes you spend with your therapist can feel like you have the freedom to talk about any thoughts or feelings you have, be fully listened to, without being judged. This is something that doesn't normally happen in everyday life - so, in this way, it is "another place".
take control of
Sometimes it might feel like everything is on top of you and you can't get a hold of your life. Sometimes it may feel like you are the only one suffering. Are you stuck in those old patterns of behaviour that are stopping you from achieving what you want from your life? Is anxiety preventing you from living better? Maybe you are feeling that your inner critic is giving you such a hard time that you cannot be yourself. Maybe you have lost yourself somewhere on the way...
Whatever it is, you don't have to face it alone. You can take control of your life and make a change, by seeking support.
Your Greatest Self.
Do you ever wonder, who is the real me, what do I really like, what do I really feel? Can I be honest with myself? Are my friends or colleagues seeing the real me, am I?
Sometimes we may have to develop new behaviours in order to interact more successfully with others, be it our parents, siblings, friends, society, etc. It could be for survival, integration, acceptance, conformity, or whatever else. We can be aware or unaware of doing it. This can create a new side to ourselves that may become very successful, or perhaps uncomfortable, and we may lose sight of our real self. Underneath we may be feeling lonely, abandoned, vulnerable or eager to resurface.
It can create a sense of unfulfillment, disatisfaction and anxiety without knowing the real cause.
In therapy, you can work on accessing your real self, the real you. A process that, although challenging, can leave you enriched and may open up new channels in your life.
Litsa Mouka, MBACP (Accred)
Fully qualified counsellor and accredited member of the BACP (British Association of Counsellors and Psychotherapists).
My hope is to make a difference in people's lives, to improve their wellbeing and quality of life.
I work with a wide range of clients, from those who simply wish to work on personal development, to those whose daily functioning has been severely impacted by mental health issues.
You may feel like your life does not belong to you and that other people are in control of it. There could be very good reasons that you feel like that but are not yet aware of. As you gently process your material in therapy more "stuff" will start to surface and you self-awareness will increase. By way of "stuff", I mean your own ideas and concepts that have developed over time through experiences, and also maybe some buried memories. Linking the present with the past can throw light on some behaviour patterns, beliefs or fears. Increasing your self-awareness can be empowering and can promote healing and change.
Exploring difficult experiences and uncomfortable emotions while having your feelings acknowledged can feel empowering.
Connecting with your anger while using it productively and constructively assert your self can be empowering.
Increasing your self-awareness and insight into your own life and actions can be empowering.
Therapy can help you to
re-connect with your own power.