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COUNSELLING, WHAT IS IT ? DO I ACTUALLY NEED IT ?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy or psychological therapy. It involves talking to a counsellor about your problems. Counsellors are trained to listen sympathetically and can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings. They are also skilled at helping you express your worries and concerns.

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WHO IS A COUNSELLOR ?

A counsellor is a professional who has been trained in counselling. Counselling is a type of talk therapy that aims to help people work through any problems or difficulties they may be having in their lives.

Many counsellors specialise in a specific area, such as bereavement, addiction or relationship counselling. However, most counsellors deal with the common problems of anxiety and depression.

Counselling is a safe space to hear yourself think out loud about your life, express how you’re really feeling and discuss concerns and worries with someone who won’t judge you.

Uncontrollable sadness, anger, or hopelessness may be signs of a mental health issue that can improve with treatment. If you’re eating or sleeping more or less than usual, withdrawing from family and friends, or just feeling “off,” talk to someone before serious problems develop that impact your quality of life.

Been feeling irritable lately? Not getting enjoyment from activities that you usually find rewarding? Perhaps you feel like your career is in limbo, or you and your partner are leading separate lives. These are all signs that it’s time to stop, take stock, and re-focus on what really matters to you.

Often it’s your partner, child, a family member or close friend that needs some support. They may have confided in you about their concerns, or their behaviour might have clued you in to the fact that something is wrong.

The care and concern we feel about our loved ones’ wellness and safety often pre-empts an attempt to have them see a counsellor. Whether it’s stress, anxiety or depressionsubstance use, angry outbursts or social withdrawal – if you’ve noticed significant mood and behavioural changes in your loved one, it’s time to seek support.

Sometimes they’re open to the possibility, but what happens if they’re resistant or deny there’s a problem?

There actually isn’t an exact, ‘right’, or single reason to see a therapist, there are many causes for seeking therapy, all equally valid and important. Nor is there a hierarchy to what issue therapy is best suited for. We are all unique, and emotional and mental stress is not a mathematical ratio.

Still asking yourself, ‘do I need counseling?’ If you are not feeling at peace with your life, if you are experiencing stress and anxiety that is overwhelming, or you just sense that having someone to talk to could affect real change in your life, then now is the right time to work with a therapist or counsellor.

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COMMON MYTHS ABOUT COUNSELLING

 

 

MYTH 1: YOU NEED TO HAVE A MENTAL ILLNESS TO THINK FOR A COUNSELLING.

It is true that some people who have mental illnesses work with counsellors to manage symptoms, but counsellors also guide many folks and people through everyday problems like relationship issues, break ups, holding backs, sadness, grief, and career transitions along with anxiety & depressive symptoms.

 

 

MYTH 2: PEOPLE WILL THINK THERE IS SOMETHING WRONG WITH YOU OR YOUR MIND IF YOU SEEK COUNSELLING.

It really takes a lot of courage to contact a counsellor, believe me and I admit it but counsellors help people work through many life circumstances, and they welcome all types of clients. Counsellors hold a non-biased and without judgement space in which clients are encouraged to be open, honest and put their opinions as well about their situations so that counsellor can gain a full understanding of what is actually happening with them and in what way they can help them the best.

 

 

MYTH 3: MEN ARE NOT GOOD AT FEELINGS ALONG WITH EMOTIONS AND WILL NOT GET BENEFIT FROM COUNSELLING.

Both men and women can benefit from counselling. Although it is not untrue that women seek counselling more often than men, the amount of males seeking counselling services has increased over the last many years, suggesting that men are becoming more open to counselling and sharing their emotions to tackle better with life issues.

 

 

MYTH 4: SEEKING OR A NEED OF COUNSELLING IS A SIGN OF WEAKNESS.

If you have problems that impact your ability to function day to day, a counsellor can teach and guide you with skills to handle difficult situations and tempos. Moreover, nowadays people seek counselling services to improve their already great lives. Counselling can help people develop skills that will help them excel in specific areas as well such as business, sports and leadership.

 

 

MYTH 5: COUNSELLOR WILL PUT YOU ON MEDICATION.

Licensed counsellor hold master’s or doctoral degrees in mental health fields. They provide appropriate counselling and do not prescribe medication. Counsellor work along-with psychiatrists, who are medical doctors who create a prescription plan, when creating collaborative treatment plans for clients who do take medication.

 

 

MYTH 6: COUNSELLING IS A FAST FIX FOR ALL YOUR PROBLEMS BEING FACED

There are no quick fixes when it comes to mental health. Strengthening your brain through counselling is like strengthening your body through exercise. It takes time, practice, patience, and persistence. Making a commitment to yourself to enter counselling is a way to learn about yourself and your worldviews. In addition, you can learn ways to improve your decision-making process, which can result in more uplifting feelings on a regular basis. Counselling is an investment in yourself. There is no universal formula to tackle all the clients in equal manner as we all are different in many aspects of life.

 

 

MYTH 7: IF YOU SEEK COUNSELLING, PEOPLE WILL JUDGE YOU NEGATIVELY.

Seeking counselling/therapy displays that you are willing to learn about yourself and ways to improve your lifestyle which is great step ahead of others. It takes strength to call a counsellor to make an appointment. Counsellors do not judge their clients, counsellor welcomes you. It is not a sneeze which would be gone with medication, it requires proper guidance and support which you are already aware of very well than the stigmatised society ahead.

 

 

References : https://spunout.ie/health/article/mnh-scc-counsellinghttps://lifesupportscounselling.com.au/do-i-need-counselling-signs-therapy-good/counseling.northwestern.edu