The reasons people seek counselling are as diverse as the people themselves. If you are wondering if your problems are “serious” enough for counselling, the fact that your problems are bothering you is what makes them serious enough. On the other hand, you may feel your problems are so serious that no one can help. I believe that everyone can benefit on some level from counselling. Give yourself a chance to be heard.
What are the benefits of counselling?
Counselling could bestow many positive advantages on your life. It can give you a sense of self awareness and understanding of yourself and the people around you. This in turn can increase your inner confidence and reflect in your attitude to life. When you look at the things that are bothering you with a professional supportive listener, it can help you to sift through what may seem like a big jumble of thoughts and feelings, and put them into their proper perspective. The counselling relationship is confidential apart from in a few very special circumstances, which will be explained to you at your first session.
If your thoughts are all over the place it can be hard to make the right decisions. You work in collaboration with the counsellor to move forward in your life, step by step. Sometimes, though not always, depending on the client, this includes making a comprehensive plan of action to get from where you are to a better place. This can be known as “solution focused.” Having goals to work towards can really boost people’s sense of purpose in life.
The most important point is that you are a valuable person, and your thoughts, feelings and experience matter. You have a right to live your life knowing that you are valuable and valued. Life experiences can stop us from realising this, and the sifting process of counselling can uncover that hidden pull we all have towards healing.