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 lives their life fuller.
So what are the benefits of counselling?
1) Safe Confidential Space
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.
2) Long-lasting therapy
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.
3) Release Tension
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.
4) Improve your relationships
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.
5) Improve Self-Esteem
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.
6) See things from a different angle
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.