5 Benefits of Counselling
I have a guest post today from Marie Miguel. She has been a writing and research expert for nearly a decade, covering a variety of health- related topics. Currently, she is contributing to the expansion and growth of a free online mental health resource with BetterHelp.com. With an interest and dedication to addressing stigmas associated with mental health, she continues to specifically target subjects related to anxiety and depression.
Counselling is helpful for many reasons
I am personally a huge fan of counselling and highly recommend it to anyone who needs help.
Counselling has a lot of different benefits, and people will see improvements in their mental health when they see a therapist. A counsellor can address issues surrounding mental illness such as depression, anxiety, OCD, or PTSD, as well as other life challenges. Depending on what you need, a therapist can give you support that you’re looking for in your life. Here are five of the benefits of counselling:
Counselling can be a place to vent
You might not realise it, but you have a lot going on in your life. We all do! Counselling can be a specific location where you can talk to someone who cares and vent about what’s going on. You might not know the solutions to your problems, but a counsellor can guide you as you figure them out and lead you to conclusions that’ll help you. All of us need a place to vent, and sometimes talking to our friends isn’t enough because they’re not objective. A counsellor has your best interest in mind, and they’re able to give you an outside perspective that can help.
Counselling is a place to address mental health issues
Let’s say that you’re struggling with panic attacks. A counsellor can help you understand your triggers and learn to cope with anxiety. They can provide strategic tools that’ll assist you with this matter. Anxiety can be difficult to manage, but with a trained mental health professional, it doesn’t have to be that way. A counsellor has experience in many mental health issues, including anxiety, depression, and other disorders.
Counselling is a place to talk about relationships
When you have difficulties in your marriage, partnership, or even in other interpersonal relationships such as friendships, you can talk about them in therapy. You don’t have to be with your partner in a therapy session to talk about these concerns. You can see a couples counsellor if you choose, but you can also see a mental health professional one on one. People who go to counselling often see improvements in their interpersonal connections because it allows them to work on communication, confidence, and problem-solving.
Counselling is a place to talk about parenting and family issues
When you go to counselling, you can talk about parenting or family issues without facing judgement. Being a parent is incredible, but of course, it can be hard; it comes with a lot of worries and stress, and often, it’s tough to open up about that due to fear of being looked down on. Many parents ruminate on if they’re doing the “right” thing and may struggle to take the time to care for themselves because they’re always focusing on their kids. Therapy is a great place to take time for yourself and cope with your fears as a parent. Even if you don’t have kids, you might still have family problems or family-related trauma to talk to a mental health professional about so you can process these concerns.
Counselling is a place to talk about work or school
In our professional lives, we often wonder if we’re on the right path. We’re worried about if we’re “good enough,” how we compare to our colleagues, and the deadlines we have to meet. The same is true for students who face an extreme amount of stress and nervousness surrounding their studies and experiences a student. Since therapy is a confidential, safe space, you’re free to talk about anything regarding work or school without being afraid that it’ll get back to your boss or peers. You can also learn coping skills to help you with the anxieties that you face in professional or academic spaces.
Finding a Counsellor
Now that you know some of the benefits of a counsellor, you might be wondering where to find a counsellor or therapist. You can go to your GP for a referral, or you can search for a mental health provider online. Online therapy is an excellent option for those who are busy or who live in remote areas. It’s often cheaper than traditional in-person Counselling, and it is performed by licensed, experienced providers. Search the network of online counsellors or therapists at BetterHelp and find the perfect fit for you.
This is a collaborative guest post.