Counselling or talking therapies help people improve their lives by helping them deal with their difficult feelings, life problems, and mental health conditions.
Counselling can assist with deeper issues such as anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and eating disorders.
However, these conditions are not the only reasons people seek out counselling. Counselling assists with managing everyday life – including relationships, work, family, and social. A lot of people could benefit from counselling to assist them with making sense of life’s hurdles and challenges.
Through counselling, a counsellor or psychotherapist will examine your thoughts, identify the root cause or factors that cause problems and provide you with the skills to resolve those problems— be it psychological, behavioural, interpersonal, or situational.
Counselling helps you:
- – Understand your emotions by creating an opportunity for self-discovery
- – Identify and change negative thoughts or illogical thinking patterns that are responsible for feelings of distress, hopelessness, and helplessness by developing a positive outlook on them
- – Change self-defeating behaviours and habits
- – Get clarity and help you perform well in all aspects of life
- – Manage emotions like stress and anger effectively
- – Find guidance and support from family and friends
- – Develop better communication skills and interpersonal skills
- – Discover your personal strengths and teaches how to use them in different facets of life
- – Learn new perspectives to solve problems
- – Find or rediscover your purpose and meaning in life
- – Improves relationships
- – Accept yourself and improves your self-esteem and self-confidence
- – Cope with a loss of a dear one
- – Deal with anxious feelings, fear, and insecurities
- – Develop a sense of control over your emotions and life
Common Myths About Counselling
Counselling can be done individually or in groups in a very confidential and safe environment. Unfortunately, there are some myths and misconceptions associated with counselling.
- Counselling is only for people with severe emotional disorders or mental health issues
Having good mental health is just as important as physical health. So, counselling is just like visiting a doctor to improve your physical health. Counselling improves people’s lives by providing guidance and equipping them with life skills.
- Counselling is a sign of weakness
Accepting and admitting to your problems is often the hardest thing to do. There is nothing more empowering than taking a step towards self-examination and change. So, this is a contrasting statement.
- Counsellor’s job is to advise
Counselling is not advising or just talking but is a deep and cooperative process where the counsellor tries to uncover and reorganise your emotions. It can be long-term or short-term, depending upon individual needs. The goal is to get you back to normal, happy, healthy, and confident YOU as quickly as possible.