You Can Turn Your Life Around

Take control of your anxiety and depression through counselling.

If you feel anxious or depressed, you are certainly not alone. Most of us have felt anxious or depressed at some point in our lives.

Depression and anxiety are nothing to be ashamed of. We sometimes have bouts of anxiety or depression that we recover from fairly quickly. At other times it lingers on for what feels like forever. Some people experience anxiety or depression as a recurring theme in their lives while for others it is more like a short-lived stage. Counselling can help with both.

If you suffer from depression or anxiety, you may be feeling that life is just too difficult to manage. Maybe you feel worried, irritable, restless, tired and have trouble concentrating or making decisions.

Anxiety and depression can be caused by:

  • Chronic conflict in your relationships with others
  • Recent losses and disappointments (e.g. ending of a relationship, death)
  • Chronic health problems
  • Past traumatic or bad experiences
  • Unemployment or other work stresses
  • A family history of mental health problems or
  • Deep feelings of unworthiness

How do I know if I am suffering from anxiety or depression?

Depression

  • I worry about everything.
  • I feel restless and irritable.
  • I dwell on the past and find it hard to move on in my life.
  • I find it hard to carry out everyday activities because I can’t concentrate on anything.
  • I have trouble making decisions because I feel overwhelmed by the demands of my life.
  • I am tired and have very little energy.
  • I’m not sleeping well or I’m sleeping too much.

 

If you identify with any of the above, counselling can help. In fact, several studies have shown that therapy helps people cope with and overcome depression and anxiety.

 

 

Take control of your life through counselling.

 

The sooner you get help, the sooner you can learn how to manage and overcome your feelings of depression and/or anxiety.

Don’t give up on yourself. With the support and guidance of a good counsellor, you can begin to believe in yourself again. You can feel good about yourself and about your life.

Together, through counselling, we will work to heal the underlying reasons for your depression and anxiety so that you can begin to feel better about yourself, calmer and more peaceful.

Counselling can help you to feel that YOU are in control of your feelings rather than them being in control of you. By developing your self-awareness and acquiring tools to manage your symptoms, you will increase your capacity to cope with the stresses and challenges of your life.

“Before I had counselling, I was feeling very lost and getting anxious for long periods of time. Everything just seemed really bad and complicated and like they couldn’t be fixed. I couldn’t see things clearly.

When I first went to see Lauren, I was a bit apprehensive. I’d had counselling before when I was younger and I didn’t feel like it helped me at all. The counsellor just sat and listened but didn’t give me any guidance. I was feeling pretty skeptical about it all but knew I needed to give it a try.

Lauren was an absolute life-saver for me.

For a start, things are so much clearer. Lauren has helped me to develop a broader perspective on life. I am more aware of my inner world as well as of what’s happening around me. I’m more accepting of who I am and I’m not afraid to express myself to others.

I’ve discovered that I get anxious because of what is happening around me and now that I can identify this, I don’t blame myself. As a result, my anxiety has lessened considerably and when it does appear, I feel like I can manage it and not be overwhelmed by it.

I feel like I can deal with what’s going on in my life so much better. Lauren has shown me techniques I now use to help me deal with my issues. Things are much easier in my relationship with my partner whereas before, nothing seemed clear and it all felt like one big mess.

I am now making better choices for myself. It is easier for me to tackle and take on things that would have felt over-whelming in the past. Everything is a whole lot better.

I wouldn’t be where I am now without the work Lauren and I have been doing together.”

Student, aged 23

Our natural state is to be free from anxiety, fear and negativity.

I work with you towards restoring your emotional balance to its natural state.

Counselling can help you

Counselling can help you:

  • Increase feelings of energy
  • Improve clarity of thinking
  • Increase your capacity to cope with the challenges of life
  • Develop a love for life
  • Feel a greater acceptance of yourself
  • Feel more hopeful about the future

Why choose me as your therapist?

As a counsellor, I have over 20 years experience working with individuals struggling with depression and anxiety.

Having been through my own therapy and counselling over the years, I learned how to manage my own feelings of anxiety so that they virtually disappeared. I also understand the sense of vulnerability that comes with revealing the deeper aspects of yourself to someone else. I am sensitive to these feelings and will gently work with you to help you heal.

My clients tell me they appreciate my gentle yet honest approach. I practice with respect for you as a unique individual, understanding that your journey is unique and accepting where you are in your life. I guide you accordingly to work at a pace that is comfortable for you.

 

 

 

Are you ready to feel good about yourself now?

If your answer is YES, please call me today on 0423 932 200 or email me at lauren@laurensokolski.com.au for a FREE confidential 10-minute phone consultation.

Lauren Sokolski is a Melbourne therapist, couples counsellor and registered social worker who helps singles and couples with relationship problems and those struggling with issues of grief and loss, life transitions, depression and anxiety. She has offices in Bentleigh, South Yarra, and Caulfield North.

Lauren Sokolski

Lauren Sokolski

BA, BSW, MAASW, acc

Therapist/Counsellor

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