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What is Counselling

Counselling is a type of therapy where talking can help you understand your feelings and problems. Counselling is conducted in a safe and confidential environment where you can go through a supported journey of self discovery.

A counsellor’s job is to utilise empathetic listening. They try to put themselves in your shoes in order to help you cope with negative feelings and thoughts. While the term therapy has been used as a blanket term for all therapies in general, it is a very specific type of therapy on its own.

There are other types of therapies as well: cognitive behavioural therapy, psychotherapy, and relationship therapy to name a few.

Who uses counselling?

A common myth is that counselling is only for people with serious problems. This myth can dissuade people who need help from reaching out for it.

Counselling can be used to treat a myriad of difficulties. You might use a counsellor might if you have a mental health concern such as anxiety, obsessive compulsive disorder, eating disorders, depression, borderline personality disorder, post-traumatic stress disorder, or drug misuse. You could also go to counselling for help coping with a difficult life event such as a personal loss, a past or recent trauma, job stressors, family struggles, or low self esteem., there are no rules for what you can go for.

What should I expect from counselling?

During counselling you should expect to be given free rein to express your feelings. The counsellor will provide you with support and encouragement to share thoughts, feelings, emotions, fears, and anything that you are currently struggling with.

While the counsellor will never judge you, they may push you to explore or try things that they know you are capable of. This pushing can come in the form of asking guiding questions or clearly defining personal options for how to deal with situations. It’s not their job to tell you what to do, only to help you discover the right path for you.

There may be times where the counsellor encourages you to, if appropriate, take responsibility for issues that you might have. This is another way that they will push you. They would not push you to do something that they did not think you were ready for and when they do push you it is because they are trying to help you grow.

As part of counselling they will help you to identify personal stressors, how you cope with them currently, and if there are any changes that should be made to your coping strategies. If new ways of coping need to be identified, they will help you with this as well.

How can counselling help?

There are many ways that counselling can help. Counselling can help you to manage depression and feelings of sadness. It can help you to better understand yourself and your problems and help you to build self-confidence.

Counselling is a great resource for learning to cope with personal stressors whether they are work or related to a personal grief. If something is standing in the way of you achieving your personal goals, counselling can help you to address it. When you struggle with perceiving things and people outside of yourself, counselling can help you learn to better step outside yourself and understand those around you.

Counselling can be both a painful and a difficult process as the things that you talk about are hard.  With the support of your counsellor you can break through the difficult topics to get to a happier mental place.