Mental Health issues often come hand in hand with endometriosis..
It is completely normal to feel you need emotional support as you learn to deal with living with endometriosis. Endometriosis has a profound impact on your mental health as well as your physical health. Don't be afraid to speak with family, friends or the endo community because asking for help is not a sign of weakness. If you feel able to talk to them you may find they are a great source of comfort and support. Don't be scared to speak with your GP and ask for professional help with your mental well being. Psychologists and counsellors can play a very important role in helping girls and women cope with the feelings of disbelief, confusion, anger, frustration, chronic pain and other emotions that often accompany this disease. Our groups play a vital role in helping girls, women and families learn everything they need to cope with living with endometriosis.
What Is Counselling?
Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening and helping find ways to deal with emotional issues. Counselling can help with depression, anxiety or an eating disorder. It can help with chronic illnesses such as endometriosis and infertility, as well as, difficult life events, difficult emotions, sexual identity and dissociative disorders. These are all issues a counsellor can help you make sense of and come to terms with.
What To Expect..
During your session, you will be encouraged to talk about your feelings and emotions with a trained therapist (counsellor). The counsellor will listen and will support you, they will never criticise or judge and everything will remain confidential. The counsellor can help you understand your feelings and help you find a way to process your thoughts without them consuming you. Counsellors are not there to tell you what to do or give advice, they will help you to find your own solutions. Counselling can take place:
- Face to face
- In a group
- Over the phone
- Online through live chat services
Counselling can be offered as one single session, a few sessions or sessions that last months even years. It can take a number of sessions before you see any progress but you should gradually start feeling better after each session with the help and support of your therapist.
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy (CBT)
CBT aims to help you explore and ultimately change how you think about your life, and free yourself from a loop of unhelpful thoughts, emotions and behaviours. During CBT you will set goals with your counsellor and complete tasks in between sessions.
A course of CBT will usually involve around 12 to 20 sessions. Cognitive behaviour therapy has been shown to work for a lot of mental health problems including:
- Panic attacks
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD)
How We Can Help..
Endo Support United Ltd. have a qualified child and adolescent counsellor who specialises in CBT. This is a free service for members of our support groups who could benefit from speaking with a counsellor. If you want more information, please fill out the form at the bottom of this page and our counsellor will get back to you as soon as possible.