About counselling and psychotherapy
When difficult thoughts and emotions are suppressed, they often come out in other ways, either mentally or physically, or both. It is well known that there can be such a huge sense of relief when sharing something extremely distressing that may well have been bottled up inside for days, months, or even years.
Counselling provides an opportunity to talk in private about those difficult thoughts or feelings you might be having, in a way that might be difficult to do so with friends or family. Psychotherapy works in the same way and tends to be more on a long term basis, whereas counselling is generally considered to be for a shorter time period.
A counsellor/psychotherapist is trained to listen and help you explore your feelings without judging you, which can make a big difference to the way you feel. Helping you to understand why you are feeling or behaving in a certain way usually leads to more effective ways of coping, enabling you to have greater control of your life.
What can counselling and psychotherapy help with?
There are many reasons why people seek counselling or psychotherapy, for example, relationship problems, anxiety and stress, loss and depression, traumatic life experiences such as suicide, sexual issues and emotional abuse, addictions and eating disorders, loneliness and low self-esteem, phobias and anger issues.
What benefits can be expected?
Clients often feel that the benefit of counselling and psychotherapy has not only helped them to address their initial issue or crisis, it has also led to improved relationships because of a better understanding of themselves and their ability to communicate with others.
However, counselling is not a magic wand and, especially with deeply rooted difficulties, it can take time and depend on a willingness to engage in the process. Also, opening up about things that are affecting you can prove challenging or even painful, particularly early on. In this instance, attending counselling on a regular basis, even when it feels too difficult, often proves invaluable.