For some, the thought of going for counselling or psychotherapy can be quite frightening. Many question the value of sitting down with a stranger and discussing one’s personal life. Yet the process of simply connecting with another human being is in itself therapeutic. In counselling, a therapist works to build a safe and trusting relationship so that one feels at ease exploring one’s thoughts, feelings and behaviours, sometimes in an effort to make changes, but more often to gain insight and understanding into oneself or another person. This process usually brings people feelings of peace, hope and contentment.
Counselling can help those struggling with many different issues such as stress, anxiety/panic, depression, loneliness, isolation, substance use, disordered eating, self-esteem, communication, anger, violence, life transitions, grief/loss, trauma/abuse, career, relationships, family, parenting, personal growth . . . Counselling can be done with individuals, couples, family and groups.
The benefits of counselling are as vast as the reasons for seeking it. Many people report increased clarity, changes in behaviour, resolution of interpersonal conflict and personal issues, acquisition of coping skills, realization of one’s purpose and capabilities, improved communication, increased awareness/insight, healthier expression of feelings, increased relaxation, new possibilities, positive thinking and an increase in self-compassion as a result of their therapeutic work.