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How can Counselling & Psychotherapy help me?

Why go?

An important thing to remember about counselling is that people receive counselling for diverse reasons, positive and negative. There is a common myth that counselling is for those that have something wrong with them.  This simply is not true.  Most people that go to counselling do so because something went wrong with their lives, not with them, there is a difference.

People can also require therapy because they have some sort of mental illness, and they can seek out counselling support to improve their ability to cope with everyday struggles. Mental illness is a term that is also commonly misconceived, a large % of the general population live with mental illness and enjoy a happy and fulfilling life.

The Role of the Counsellor/Psychotherapist

A counsellor could be a member of team you.  Their role is to work with you to successfully navigate the problem that brought you to them and to help you find a solution.  A psychotherapist/counsellor is a person whom you can tell things in confidence and know that they won’t be shared with others.  The counsellor provides you with a safe place to talk openly about your struggles.  They will listen to you, and might question you, but will never judge you.

It is not a counsellor’s job to give advice.  They will not tell you what to do or how to do things, but will listen to what you are saying, help you identify options, and provide an environment where you can decide the best decision for you.  Whilst helping you make decisions and discover yourself they will gently encourage you to think about your thoughts actions and fears. They will help you gain perspective on the beliefs that have become emotionally powerful in your life.

What Can I Get From Counselling

Counselling provides a safe place to talk about the things that you are struggling with.  It is often difficult to talk to friends and family about difficult topics, in part because they are so invested in you that they have a difficult time really listening to what you are saying without judging, becoming emotional, or ‘trying to fix you’.

Seeing a therapist provides you with that impartial person that can read between the lines and help you tease out the finer nuances of what is troubling you.  They can act as a sounding board to bounce your problems and thoughts off of.  They can challenge your way of thinking in ways that loved ones may not be able to; for fear of seeing you hurt.  In challenging you, the counsellor will help you learn new things about yourself and help you to grow.

A byproduct of counselling is that you learn new things about yourself and how to help yourself.  With the counsellor’s help and gentle pushing you will learn what your limits are and hopefully how to push past them safely.  As you identify limits you will better understand the things that trigger the emotions that brought you to counselling.  If you understand what those emotions are then you can learn coping strategies to help you better manage those emotions when they arise.

The step by step counselling, and deep self-analytical psychotherapy processes can help you regain balance and control in your life. They can help you be you again!