At times we all need an emotional lifeline, particularly but not only in times of crisis. Whether that's a national emergency, a global pandemic or a personal life event, the effect can be significant. In fact when it's a personal crisis we can often end up feeling completely isolated, as though nobody has ever experienced this before. And if the crisis is general we can feel that there's something wrong with us because we're not responding the way our friends, family or the media are telling us we 'should'.
Often a crisis comes unexpectedly, but it doesn't have to. Sometimes we know - or fear - that something is coming, but it still hits us harder than we expect when it actually does. This can be because there's always the hope in the back of our minds that it won't happen after all, and when it does, disappointment is added to the other emotions. But unexpected crises bring shock and horror, so there isn't really any good way to experience one.
Whatever is happening to you, whether it's happening just to you or to everyone on the planet, you don't have to go through it alone. You may not want or be ready for counselling, you might just need a friendly ear to listen and an outside perspective to help you cope. The Emotional Lifeline is for you.
Generally I offer these sessions via Zoom, but they can also be done on the phone or face to face in my clinic if you prefer. You can just vent, or I can use a combination of CBT and coaching techniques to help you reframe what's happening and deal with the associated emotions.
The Emotional Lifeline is a one-off call, but you can move on to a course of counselling sessions afterwards if you want to. However my aim is to send you away feeling better equipped to cope with whatever life is throwing at you.
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