Individual And Group Counseling
At Open Door Counselling Services we focus on the individual’s immediate or near future concerns. Individual counselling may encompass career counselling and planning, grief after a loved one dies or dealing with problems at a job before they become big. Our individual counselling is a one-on-one discussion between our counselor and the client, who is the person seeking treatment. We form an alliance, relationship or bond that enables trust and personal growth.
There are many benefits at ODCS to working in a therapeutic relationship with a counselor on an individual basis. It can be a relief to tell someone who is impartial about difficulties you have struggled with on your own. You may have a longstanding concern, be encountering new difficulties, or simply have a sense that something isn’t right.
What To Expect
Our professional help normalize your experience and place it in context, bring objectivity, critical distance, and experience of dealing with problems of all kinds. This often leads to seeing a problem in a new way, and feeling more able to get to grips with it.
One of the main principals behind our group counselling is that we let people come together and meet. People who are dealing with something similar and hearing their story lets others know that they’re not alone. Things like depression or bereavement can be really isolating and make you feel like you’re facing the world alone. Group counselling is a good way of getting over those feelings of isolation, and realizing there are other people in the same boat.
It is also easier to talk to people who share the same issue. The counsellors at ODCS helps groups to understand how they feel and also help them feel a bit more than family members or friends who haven’t had firsthand experience of the problem they are dealing with.
How It Works
There are lots of different types of group therapy at open door counselling services. Some groups are more structured, and are based around doing an activity or project together, team-building and even physical games. Some are more freeform, more like meetings where people have conversations about how they’re doing and listen to others.
Some have a set number of sessions, and others are drop-in groups that you can attend if and when you need to.
Depression can hold a huge taboo for some. There can be a stigma attached to needing or asking for depression help as if somehow we should suffer alone or seek solace in unhelpful habits or addictions. Depression may be sometimes so medicalized that the person inside experiencing this gets overlooked. We can all get depressed from time to time, and when we are, nothing can feel worse than someone telling us to cheer up putting pressure on us to always stay positive, change our attitude, keep busy, start living, or that we should be grateful.
Sometimes before we can get in touch with the things that support our happiness, wellbeing flexibility, and we may need to let our depression pass. Fragile human beings that we are, we are all susceptible and vulnerable to depression. Each person has a set of reactions impacting their spirits and we may be seeking depression support. It can seem as if layers and waves of depression come upon us and for others be more like a constant companion with little respite. It can be as if we are surrounded by a fog of feeling blue or feeling nothing.
Our depression can cast a long shadow over us and can be like a big weight on our shoulders. We can feel utterly alone, blame ourselves, and unable to receive comfort from others or comfort our self. Some people have tried to cure depression on the surface, yet underlying issues may remain. At Open Door Counselling Services, we are interested in understanding, exploring with you what you are experiencing, and how it’s like for you. Alongside supporting you in finding, facilitating your own way through your depression – others have tried and tested. Book now and see results.
Some Of The Points Below Are What Contributes to Depression
Children/Young People Counseling
Many children today face several stressors at home, school and with peers. At a time when their minds are growing and they are forming impressions of how the world is, it is very important to work on such stressors in order to prevent the formation of long standing emotional and behavioral difficulties. Children/young people counselling provides your little ones with an environment where they can explore their difficulties through child-friendly and holistic approaches.
Counselling provides an opportunity for children/young people to talk, in confidence, about things that are worrying them or affecting their day to day life. What children/young people choose to talk about is completely up to them, but common issues are bullying, parental separation, stress, friendships, change, bereavement, distressing traumatic events and anger.
Through Child Counselling, We Focus On The Following:
Identifying roots of behavior
We identify the roots of the problem behaviors. The root lies in most cases in unfulfilled emotional needs which manifests in behaviors ranging from aggression to social isolation and depression. Children/young people often not have enough resources at their disposal to understand how to deal with negative emotions. The family environment and parent-child relationships are also often conflicted, leading to further emotional pile up in the child. This then takes the form of behavioral problems. Recognizing why the child is emotionally hurt and what their underlying needs are, and helping them control their emotions is a great deal in remedying behavioral difficulties.
Modifying the child’s behavior
In this phase of therapy, we help children/young people satisfy their needs in productive ways. Enhancing self-esteem is almost always a core aim here, along with instilling feelings of emotional security. We also work on the child/young person’s social skills in order to help them deal better with their environment. Often, changes are required in the home environment to help the child function more adaptively. We therefore have periodic sessions with the parents where we help them gain more perspective about the child/young person and understand the role they play in determining their child’s/young person’s behavior.
Stress evolved in the form of a fight or flight response as a reaction to physical threats on one’s life. This response, which causes the physical aspects of stress—increased blood flow and clotting and elevated heart rate, blood pressure, and blood sugar—is immediate and uncontrollable. When these physical aspects affect the body several times over the course of a day, often as a result of issues such as workplace stress, bad traffic, or familial illness, they can influence the development of conditions such as hypertension, stroke, diabetes, chronic pain, and heart attacks.
Stress can also directly cause physical symptoms such as headaches, insomnia, and fatigue, and it often contributes to mental conditions such as anxiety, depression, or irritability.
Both positive and negative experiences and life transitions can lead to stress.
These events are generally considered to be normal parts of the life cycle. Not everyone will experience a divorce or marriage or have a child, but many will experience discrimination, lose a job, go through a breakup, and experience other affecting events, whether major or minor. Stress will therefore be a part of most people’s lives, but it may be somewhat easier to manage when experienced in smaller amounts, especially when other factors help mitigate the stress. At ODCS, we help you take total control of your life by introducing some therapies and help you stay happy.
Anger Management Counselling
Feeling angry is a natural human response to certain life experiences. It’s a basic emotion; occurring at times when we come under attack, feel deceived, insulted or frustrated.
Anger helps to relieve built-up energy and tension. While we have learnt that expressing anger can be a healthy way of managing the emotion, when excessive it can become a problem. Excessive anger may even be a symptom of more complex issues; it can be a symptom of, and contribute to certain mental health problems and sometimes make existing problems worse.
When out of control, anger can turn destructive. It can significantly impact quality of life - affecting your relationships, your career and overall well-being. However, at open door counseling services, we have ways to help you learn how to control your anger more effectively and lessen the impact it’s having on your daily life.
Alcohol Addiction Counseling
Our unwanted habit or addiction may temporarily protect us from anguish yet at the same time reinforce our sense of inadequacy. We may try to avoid our anguish, pain or deny our painful feelings, by paying a price for the effects of our unwanted habits or addictions. Deep inside we may experience a sadness that palpably aches, which drives us on, yet deceives us. Beating yourself up, self-hatred at times may be our companion and our forgiveness may be in short supply. ODCS Counselling for addiction helps people to discuss these painful feelings.
Overcoming addiction or an unwanted habit which has become out of control is our concern. We don’t judge people who are into drug or alcohol addition. We give them a helping hand and comfort to slow down/ pause, stop acknowledge, grief and let go and get addiction help with well trained counselors at Open Door Counselling Services. We help change lives by helping people get their lives back.
Our Addictions counselling and psychotherapy counselling helps people who are willing to address, with commitment and honesty, their preoccupation with their out of control habits, cravings, addictions, dependency and compulsions, which interfere with their daily life in such a way that they are overwhelming, excessive or inappropriate. It's not too late.
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Strain can be placed on a relationship when stressful circumstances affect the couple as a whole, or even just one of the partners. Many couples struggle with communicating effectively and feeling that they are heard by their partners, as well as differences in parenting, political views, or expectations. Severe stressors include infidelity, terminal illness of one partner, and serious mental health issues. Resentment, contempt, and an increase in the frequency of arguments tend to be signs of underlying problems that have been left unaddressed.
Some common relationship concerns include financial difficulties, barriers to communication, routine conflict, emotional distance, sexual intimacy issues, and lack of trust. Sometimes, marriage itself can be the issue at hand for unmarried couple. When one partner wants to marry, or is subject to social or familial pressure to do so, and the other partner is reluctant or feels unready to marry.
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Life Coaching And Workshops
You might be an executive or the owner of a small business looking to find balance between the demands of work and the needs of your family. You might be an individual looking to make a difference in your life but not sure which direction to choose. Maybe it’s simply that you want your already great relationship to be spectacular.
Perhaps you are a high profile personality, musician, celebrity looking for a creative counsellor to help you put all things in one box and also help resolve your personal challenges. You might even be a twenty-something techno whiz entrepreneur with a brilliant idea for a product or service that will change the world forever. Maybe you just want to figure out how to have more fun.
Whatever your circumstances, goals or dreams might be, the bottom line is that your life is in transition.
And you are determined to make your life be what you want it to be!
That’s where open door counselling services “Professional Life Coach”, comes in: We will help you turn your dreams into reality.
Here’s What ODCS Life Coaching Offers You:
- As your life Coach, we’ll help you discover what’s really most important to you in your life.
- Then we’ll help you design a plan to achieve those things.
- We’ll work with you to eliminate any obstacles or blocks that stand in your way.
- We’ll partner with you all the way to success.
Then we’ll celebrate with you.
Our workshops/seminars are specially designed to help you with the following:
We give you intensive exposure to a topic through presentations and discussions led by multiple experts. Attending ODCS workshops/training are an ideal opportunity for people who want to understand counseling issues in depth.
Some of them are motivational etc. By asking questions, taking detailed notes and being prepared for each day's events, you can leave our workshop/training with a wide range of knowledge in a specific field.
Along with having access to our experts, ODCS workshops/trainings also give you the opportunity to meet other people who share your interests.
Our workshop/training discussions offer chances to debate issues related to the field, you share experiences and exchange perspectives because we believe that meeting new people can offer encouragement and solutions to common problems. These relationships can continue into professional connections even after the workshop/trainings is over.
At ODCS, we know that it is easy to get so caught up in the daily grind that you lose motivation or excitement for your job or interests.
We give a chance to get away and dedicate yourself to a particular topic. As a result, you will be renewed and motivated to pursue your goals and find your enthusiasm rekindled which will eventually lead to higher productivity and self-fulfillment.
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PRE-MARITAL COUNSELLING AT ODCS:
Getting married is very exciting news for everyone but the fact is, how long does the marriage last? No one knows!. At ODCS we organize a comprehensive class for each couple. And oh we don’t discriminate, all religions are welcome. Every human being needs a counselor. You can use our counseling class as a top up or a new one.
This helps prepare your mind in eliminating possible red flags and help you build a solid foundation for your future together.
The Benefits of our pre-marital Counseling
Creating positive marriage resolutions. It’s easy to get emotional when discussing heavy-duty topics like money, sex, and kids. Our experienced counselors can help guide the conversation and prevent you and your partner from going off on a tangent, thereby losing focus and not accomplishing anything.
Learning (or improving) conflict resolution skills. If you’ve had some major tiffs or blowouts in the past, then you both know how you tend to react during arguments, whether it’s wielding the silent treatment and pouting or yelling and name-calling. If you’re being honest with yourself, then there’s probably room for improvement. We will teach you how to listen and communicate more effectively; more specifically we will also tell you what to say (and not say) in order to reach a happy solution.
Getting realistic expectations about timing. For example, if you come to an agreement that the kids topic is off the table for two years, then you won’t be left anxious or frustrated when you want to delve into that plan and your partner isn’t ready. This also applies to major purchases like buying a house.
Avoiding toxic resentments. Clear the air about resentments you’ve been hanging onto throughout your relationship. We will help you resolve these issues and free yourselves from them so that they don’t cause massive damage later on in your marriage.
Dismantling fears about marriage. One or both of you might come from a divorced family, or from a dysfunctional background where fighting and manipulation was the norm. ODCS premarital counseling can teach you how to make peace with your past and break the cycle.
Identifying the “seeds” of future marital stress. With our experienced outsider’s perspective, you can learn from us which behaviors and habits you need to adjust or quit.
WHAT IS THE DURATION OF OUR PRE-MARITAL CLASSES?
Time. Our classes will normally take an hour and depending on the topic discussed, it can take an hour and a half. Special weekend classed can be booked through 0274441544. Due to high demand on weekends, you must book in advance.
Counselling before surgery
Counseling Before Surgery
The Importance of Pre-Post Surgery Support and Counselling
A major surgical procedure can be very distressing and many patients can experience overwhelming emotions such as fear, anxiety or anger, even if the actual procedure does not pose a real threat to their wellbeing. Lack of information about the surgery and negative emotions can cause the patient to feel overwhelmed, while there may also be many other issues that the individual is dealing with. Here are some of ways that counselling can help patients to deal with these feelings, both before and after surgery.
ODCS Pre and post Surgery counselling
At open door counseling services, human life is treated with most care and for that reason we go all out to help your emotional wellbeing even before and after surgery. Most people panic when they have to go through surgeries. Some of them die out of fear during the process.
As the date of the surgical procedure approaches, patients become increasingly anxious. This can be due to fear of pain both during and after the surgery, fear of losing control, fear that something may go wrong and fear of the needle that will be used to give the anaesthetic injection. Many people do not want to admit their fears to friends and family because they are worried about looking weak.
However, with the help of our trained counselors at ODCS, we talk through your fears honestly and openly with us and you will be able to receive expert advice on how to fight your fears and provide you with a full assessment of yourself to make sure that you are mentally fit to go into surgery.
Understanding What to Expect
One of the most difficult things about surgery is fear of the unknown. Many patients may feel stressed about the upcoming surgery because they do not have enough information about the procedure and as a result expect the worst. Insufficient information about the procedure can cause the patient to have even more stress about the surgery.
At open door counseling services, we provide the patient with comprehensive emotional counseling which will help to lessen the stress. Patients who are emotionally prepared will be able to follow medical instructions by their medical doctors and feel more relaxed before going into surgery.
Post- Surgery counselling
It can take time to recover after surgery and many patients become worried and depressed because they are not healing as quickly as they would like. Certain patients may be faced with temporary loss of mobility and find it difficult to do certain things that were once easy. Communication with our trained counselors will allow the patient to develop realistic expectations about the medical procedure and the level of pain that they can tolerate.
We also provide relaxation methods as well as cognitive and behavioral coping strategies that can prove to be extremely valuable after surgery as the healing process begins.
If you would like to talk to us, please call 0302-815855 or 0274441544 about availability.