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The Benefits Of Counselling


Modern life can be tough. It can be tough even at the best of times. There’s no shame in seeking help to help pick you up. Whether it’s talking to your friends in the pub, having coffee with family. Or speaking to a professional therapist, these are all forms of counselling.

Sometimes just chatting with friends and family is enough to make you feel better. But sometimes you may need trained counselling to help you make sense of how you feel. But everyone is different. One form of counselling may work for someone but not for someone else. This is why there are different types of counselling:

Types Of Counselling

Counselling casts a wide net when it comes to helping you overcome life’s hurdles. There’s no hard and fast rule about what it can help you with. It can help with bereavement, stress, and depression.

There are also specialist counsellors for trauma, relationship therapy, and how to cope with anxiety. We are all different and the unique ways we manage our mental health means that counselling has to be adaptable. This is why it can help so many people with many wide-ranging problems.

Depending on what you believe will work for you, you can choose one-to-one sessions or group counselling sessions. Sometimes, group counselling can help with problems that are shared by a number of people. This is so that people in similar circumstances can support each other. As well as talk through any of their thoughts and feelings. This helps the group to create a mutual support network of people who are going through similar situations. Couples therapy can also be done as a couple or individually.

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What Is Counselling?

Counselling is sometimes known as talking therapy. This is because it gives people the chance to talk about their problems with a trained professional in a safe and confidential environment. The term ‘counselling’ means different things to different people, but at its core, it’s a process that gives us a way to explore our feelings and emotions. By delving deeper into our thought processes, it helps us to understand why we feel the way we do. As well as how its root cause can direct how we think and act because of it.

Counselling comes in different forms. Depending on the issues someone faces the format of the counselling session will change. This is to make sure the person gets the most out of their session and leaves the process with benefits to their mental health. 

The most well-known form of counselling is face-to-face meetings with a trained counsellor. This will typically place take place at their office or practice. It allows real-time opportunities for you both the person and their counsellor to react to any feelings or issues that come up. Sessions will usually last an hour and can occur for as long as the person feels they need them.

Advantages Of Counselling

Counselling doesn’t have to take place in a physical place. It can be done over the telephone. This is useful if your work or lifestyle doesn’t allow you to make face-to-face sessions. Or if you have your own anxieties about attending a session. The benefits of phone sessions are that you can take part in the sessions in the comfort of your own home, making it more relaxed for you. And it generally means shorter waiting times than for face-to-face sessions.

As technology has developed, counselling has also become virtual. Online counselling is possible if you prefer not to actually speak to a therapist. Online counselling allows you to either communicate via instant messaging or through email. The latter option allows you to think about the topics you’d like to cover in advance. Some people find that the act of writing them down in itself is very cathartic.

Counselling doesn’t have to be solely confined to improving your mental health. It can be really useful to help you manage feelings around your physical health too. Long or serious illnesses, fertility issues or the impact of the breakdown of your relationships can all be eased by talking about them with someone trained to help.

Contact Us Today

As we’ve become more connected electronically we have become less connected with our own mental health. Counselling is a great way to reconnect with your mental health and manage everything modern life throws at us. If you feel you can benefit from a form of counselling, Mental Wellness can help. Call us today on 01733 639 040 for more information. Or fill in the enquiry form on our contact page.

 

About the author

Matt is a trained and licenced Mindfulness teacher and Stress and Anxiety Reduction Counsellor operating in and around the Peterborough area. After overcoming his own stress and anxiety he's found his purpose teaching others to do the same.

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