The Benefits of Counselling

 

Counselling is a form of talking therapy which is conducted in a safe, confidential environment where the counsellor will encourage the individual to talk about their problems and will work with them to uncover the root of their issues. The counsellor will also help the individual to identify how they may view and think about themselves and the world.

Although counselling is widely used, most people I speak to think counselling is a waste of time in dealing with issues and would often write counselling off thinking it isn’t going to help solve the problem. This is due to our fast paced modern society where we constantly search for a quick fix and where we hate putting in the work. However I would like to show you that if you were to put in the work, the benefits of counselling could be long lasting and could help an individual live their life fuller. So What are the benefits of counselling?
  1. Private Counselling works by giving you a safe confidential space where you can talk about your feelings, thoughts and behaviours. It is an opportunity for you to explore with a qualified therapist why you may be thinking, feeling and behaving the way you do. This will help you to uncover the root of the problem giving you a better understanding of your feelings and thoughts so you can look at current situations, as well future situations in a much healthier and constructive way.
  1. Counselling is long lasting as you are using your therapy time to work through deep rooted issues and you are also developing tools to help you in the future, so even after the actual therapy has finished, you will continue to internalise self help.
  1. When feeling depressed or anxious it is often the case that this presents itself in a physical symptom such as a headache, stomach ache, sleeping problem etc. Talking about your problems and opening up about your feelings can also release the tension that you may have been carrying around. This can in turn treat any physical symptoms you may be experiencing without any use of drugs.
  1. Counselling does not only help you to understand yourself better but it will also help you understand other people better therefore improving your relationships. When your mind is filled with negative thoughts it is easy to see the world in this way which can then lead you to make assumptions about the world and the people that may be untrue.
  1. Counselling can lead you to a greater degree of self-awareness, as well as improve your understanding of others. This will improve your self esteem as you will start to work towards having direction, goals, and confidence.
  1. Speaking to a private counsellor can allow you to look at your situation from a different angle, therefore helping you to re-contextualise the problem you are dealing with so you can put a strategy in place which would help you to grow and develop.
So, as you can see counselling has many benefits that are long term. Counselling does not only help you solve your issues but can also give you great awareness, understanding and tools that will help you in the future to improve and fulfil your life.

 

4 thoughts on “The Benefits of Counselling”

  1. I have a friend who has been dealing with some personal problems and has been considering on getting counseling to help him deal with the problem. It really helped when you said that talking with a counselor can help release any tension that the patient may have been dealing with while also opening up for the therapist. By telling the therapist the concerns and problems the patient may be having, the therapist can come up with a treatment plan to help them out.

    1. thank you very much for your kind words. I am glad that people are reading this and getting some benefit from it. Counselling is very powerful especially in such a busy world and a small act of talking to a therapist can be very healing for the individual. I hope your friend holds on to his journey of self discovery and grows from it.
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  2. My best friend was telling me the other day that she’s been interested in trying counseling to help her with everything she has going on, and since I don’t know a lot about what that entails, I thought I would do some research. After reading this article, I can definitely see how talking to a certified therapist would help a person to get to the root of their problems and help them understand where their thoughts and feelings are coming from. It seems like a great idea for anyone with a lot on their mind. I’ll be sure to share this information to better help my friend!

    1. Thank you for your kind words. Admitting that life can get too much for you can be incredibly hard and talking to a therapist who will listen to you and not judge you can be a great way to offload. It’s a shame that talking therapies are not seen as the norm, as I believe most people would benefit from it once in a while. I hope your friend finds the support she needs. If it helps I offer face to face, telephone and online counselling.
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