How does counselling work?

Counselling is a type of talking therapy where a trained counsellor will listen to you and help you to overcome any emotional issues you are facing. It could take the form of face-to-face counselling or online counselling (through software like Zoom) or even group counselling. Common issues that cause people to come to counselling include:

  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Grief and loss
  • Trauma
  • Divorce
  • Anger
  • Addiction
  • Abuse
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stress
  • …and many others.

Whatever your reason for wanting counselling, this is a unique opportunity to have someone completely on your side to work through any challenges you’re facing, without judgement and in complete confidence. Sometimes people chose to speak to a counsellor because they can’t speak openly about their issues to friends and family in the same way. Your time in counselling should help you to:

  • Provide a safe space to explore what you’re thinking and feeling 
  • Help to process and make sense of things
  • Understand yourself in a deeper way
  • Recognise unhelpful patterns of behaviour or thinking patterns
  • Gain coping skills to help in the future

Counselling works best when there is a strong relationship between you and your counsellor because you need a foundation of trust and understanding. This can take a little time to build, like with any relationship. If you don’t like or trust your counsellor, the therapy is less likely to be effective.  So make sure you are seeing a counsellor that you feel you can speak openly to.

Your counsellor is not there to tell you what you should do or give heaps of advice. Instead, they will sit with you and help you uncover your own insight, providing you with the encouragement and tools to overcome any issues in your own way. 

Every person is individual and beautifully unique. This means there is no ‘ideal’ number of counselling sessions. Some people chose to spend years with their counsellor and others prefer short bursts to focus on specific issues. Just like medication or mindfulness, counselling doesn’t work for everyone and not every counsellor will be right for you. However, some scientific studies have shown that counselling can be more effective than medication for treating common mental health issues like anxiety and depression.

If you want to understand more about how counselling could work for you, feel free to get in touch.

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