Have you ever wondered Why do I feel this way? Who am I? What am I doing?
These existential questions can leave us feeling anxious, emotionally distressed, depressed and confused.
As well as offering confidential counselling in central Brighton, Kernel Counselling also offers short courses. Currently, Jess and I are running a course in conjunction with ‘As You Are’ counselling service called ‘The Making of Me’.
Over six weekly sessions the group explores how our identity is formed along with the values, principles and assumptions we have about ourselves. It encourages us to reflect on our perceived strengths and weaknesses and how these affect our self-image and self-esteem.
In a safe environment, this therapeutic group explores our ‘way of being’ in the world, within the framework of a systemic approach: that we develop within the context of the people and things that surround us, in particular our family system.
Ask yourself what the ‘rules and expectations’ were within your family when you were growing up (both implicitly and explicitly.) Do you still adopt these expectations?
As a new level of awareness develops, and with understanding of how the brain constantly evolves, our group is encouraged to make more conscious choices about the roles, labels and identity they would like for the future.