Counselling for Working Life Issues
One to One Counselling for Issues & Problems that arise in our working life.
Work, and your working life, is often a feature of what is discussed in counselling.
Whether you work from home, in an office, travel frequently for work, are not working but would like to … Whatever your career or working life set up:
“Do you feel unhappy, unsettled, dissatisfied or anxious in your career or professional life?”
Is this a ‘Work Related’ Issue or is this coming from my personal life?
Sometimes it can feel like the specific problem that you came to counselling for is directly related to your work. However, often it can be an issue that is seemingly completely unrelated to your work, or appears to be something far more personal to you, that you sense is having an impact on your working life.
Other times, during counselling, issues within your working life begin to emerge as more of a ‘theme’ and this is the direction that the therapy work takes.
Frequently the following Working Life related issues arise in counselling:
You struggle to be assertive or to set boundaries
Being assertive and setting boundaries are areas often explored in counselling for work related issues. However understanding and learning to set your boundaries is by no means solely a ‘work related’ issue.
In therapy, we explore what it means for you to be assertive and how to set boundaries that are right for you. The therapy work is about how we feel about ourselves and, consequently, how we approach the relationships we have with others. Exploring assertiveness and setting boundaries in relation to our work and colleagues can be useful to handle difficult conversations either just at work, or in your work and personal life.
You are being bullied or harassed at work:
Bullying and harassment can take place in many contexts. However, bullying and harassment in the workplace are fairly common. The effects of being bullied are detrimental to your wellbeing and your mental health, not to mention the effect they have on your ability to work optimally.
It may be that you are considering attending counselling to discuss the bullying or harassment that is happening to you, in your working life.
Your ‘Work / Life Balance’ in not as you would like it to be:
Work / Life Balance is a phrase that is commonly referred to in relation to our career and professional life. The impact of how much you work, the ways in which you work, the satisfaction that your work provides, and how this balances with your personal life, and what is happening, at present, in your personal life are very much a common and normal feature of what is discussed in counselling for working life issues.
- What holds you back?
- What causes you to work so much? Or so little? Or avoid certain aspects of work?
- What do you want from your career? Or what would you like to change completely?
- In regards to what is happening in your personal life, how does this impact the way in which you work at the moment?
You may want to discuss how your personal life is affecting your working life and how you can manage the two, for example you may be a carer and find that juggling your personal life commitments and work life commitments is causing you stress and anxiety.
I feel like a fraud at work – Imposter Syndrome
Another very work related theme that is often brought to counselling is the feeling and that you ‘don’t belong’, that you are ‘faking it’ or ‘pretending ‘and that soon you will be found out, which has been dubbed ‘Imposter Syndrome’.
In relation to working lives, this issue can feel particularly dominant, affecting our sense of belonging and our self-esteem. This constant impression of ourselves, that we are not ‘good enough’ or not ‘worthy of the praise we receive’ is anxiety inducing and can prevent you from working towards what you want and holding you back from achieving it.
Therapy for Imposter Syndrome explores why you see yourself as you do and why you deny yourself the self-esteem that others seem to take for granted.
More gerenal ‘Working Life’ related themes you may wish to explore in counselling
Maybe you want to explore your “reasons for being in the career you are”, perhaps you wonder “what do I want from my career?” or “what would I like to change completely?”
These, and other questions, are common themes that people can become anxious or worried about, or just wish to explore and understand in order to bring about the changes they desire in their working, career or professional life.
How can One to One Counselling for Work Related Issues and Problems help?
Coming for one to one counselling as an individual, for any kind of work related issue or problem, is an opportunity to explore the areas that are troubling you. It provides a unique space, separate from the rest of your life and from individuals in your life, where you can begin to unravel, engage with and explore the situation/s that are going on.
Work Related Issues Counselling is a non-judgmental space where you can be open and honest about your feelings, insecurities, anxieties and worries without fear of repercussions.
In allowing yourself this space and time, you can begin to make sense of the situation and how you feel about it. This exploratory work can lead to an understanding of certain emotions and perhaps consequently to certain behaviors.
Step by step you begin to make clear something that can seem so unclear, confusing or overwhelming in the workplace setting.
Counselling for Issues in your Working Life in London
Take the first step to feeling happier in your working life, contact Rachel to discuss one to one counselling for working life issues.