Counselling Is For Everyone
Many people hold misconceptions about being in therapy – that it’s a waste of time, a sign of weakness or it’s only for people with ‘serious’ mental health issues. In reality, counselling can have huge benefits for everyone, it’s preventative and can be an important investment in your emotional and mental wellbeing.
It takes a lot of courage and self-awareness to recognise that your life is not how you want it to be or your hopes and dreams haven’t been fulfilled. Some need counselling in response to childhood trauma, relationships issues or unexpected changes in their lives, while others seek self-exploration and want to learn new tools and techniques for personal growth.
Life Is About
As we move through life, we experience a number of changes, such as: loss of a job, a divorce, illness, unexpected relocation, arrival of a new baby, kids have flown the coop, retirement, experience the death of a loved one, etc….
Life changing events can trigger strong emotional responses such as: pain, regret, anger, fear, shame, helplessness, resentment, relief, guilt or sadness.
With the help of counselling, you can rebuild your life, change the way you think and response tho things differently. By becoming aware of how you are handling life’s pressures and turning points, rather than look to the past with regret, you can discover new ways to deal with your circumstances.
Why Talk To A Professional?
How often do family and friends give you completely honest feedback? Their immediate reaction is either minimise your problems or concerns, ignore them or skirt around the issues, because it’s not their place to tell you the truth. They are too emotionally connected to you to be objective and their views can also be coloured by their own experience.
Herein lies the real benefit of counselling. For an entire hour, you can share all of your thoughts and feelings with another person without feeling constrained or judged. You can be honest about your emotions without having to worry about how these feelings might impact on your relationship.
Some of the many potential benefits of counselling can include:
- Attaining a better understanding of yourself, your personal goals and values.
- Resolving the issues or concerns that led you to seek therapy.
- Finding new ways to cope with stress and anxiety.
- Managing anger, depression, and other emotional pressures.
- Developing skills for improving your relationships.
- Communicating effectively.
- Learning how to listen and be listened to.
- Breaking unhealthy patterns of behaviour and developing new ones.
- Discovering new ways to solve your problems.
- Improving your self-esteem and boosting your self-confidence
“My counselling experience with Isabelle has been thorough, caring, thought-provoking and the start of challenging and re-wiring the hard-wired. I’ve become more open, considerate, aware and optimistic, as well as emotionally stronger. I felt challenged and aware. I’m very grateful for Isabelle’s help in finding the doors that need to be opened.” – LB