We live in a complex, busy and changing world. Within our respective lives we encounter many different experiences that can be difficult for us to cope with. Most of the time, we get on with life. People usually choose to come for counselling because they are experiencing difficulties and distress in their lives. Sometimes a person is stopped in their tracks by an event or situation that they do not, at that moment in time, have the resources to overcome. Sometimes it’s because a person feels isolated and alone with their problem. At other times, even when a person has the support of family and friends, they can find it difficult to explain why, for example, they may be feeling anxious and/or depressed. Or, a person may just find it easier to talk about their personal issues with someone who is independent of friends and family. Life issues and events which can be very difficult to deal with include bereavement, divorce, health issues, bullying and so on. However, you do not need to be in a crisis, or on the verge of one, before choosing to have counselling, It could be that you are experiencing an underlying dissatisfaction with life in general, or just seeking a better balance in your life.