Importance of Counseling

Counseling is a space where you can be yourself, share your deepest fears and still feel safe and judgement-free. There are many research-supported benefits of counseling

  • Catharsis – It is often noted how catharsis i.e. letting out all your pent up emotions, can be helpful. People feel they are relieved of thoughts and feelings that they had bottled-up for a prolonged period and takes the weight off the mind.
  • Learning about oneself – The counselor is a facilitator who tries to help you join the dots. You are empowered to take actions on your own and solve your own problems.
  • Fulfilling interpersonal life – Counseling often addresses your social and interpersonal concerns and helps you work through them, for example, your insecurities or fear of confrontation, etc. It indirectly makes your bonds more honest, genuine and stronger.
  • Improved self-concept – Counselors also focuses on increasing the client’s self-esteem and self-love. They practice unconditional positive regard i.e. accepting and supporting the client regardless of what they say or do. This nurtures positive regard, confidence and greater self-acceptance in the client.
  • Refined interpersonal communication  – One of the fundamental elements in counseling is effective communication. You will learn to communicate more honestly and efficaciously with your significant others.
  • Enhanced quality of life – When you learn various skills, deal with problems effectively, have improved relationships with significant others, then you are likely to have increased life satisfaction.
  • Emotional self-regulation – The learning taking place in the counseling process is life-long. Managing your emotions, appropriately expressing them, understanding others’ emotions, actively listening, etc. are the by-products of this process.
  • Accomplished goals – People often seek help for attaining purpose or meaning in life or learn skills to achieve their desired goals. Counseling can also help improve their problem-solving and decision-making skills.
  • Overall health benefits – It is not unknown that mind and body has a strong link connecting each other. One affects the other and vice versa. If you are emotionally and mental stable and at a good place, you are likely to experience better body wellness and it also alleviates your immunity and fosters recovery.
  • Decreased other mental health-related concerns – A huge body of research suggests that counseling is beneficial for reducing depression, anxiety, phobias, and many other mental illnesses.
  • Brings different perspective –  When you share and express your thoughts and emotions in words, you start seeing your thoughts from a different external perspective which helps you gain a new meaning and look at your problems from a different light.

Hence, counseling can lead to enhancement in all the aspects of life. It can help you work through the challenges you face and aid you in living life you envisioned.



  • MYTH: You can seek counseling only if you have a mental disorder.

    FACT: As noted above, counseling deals with and focuses on – 
    ⇒ Wellness and Personal growth, 
    ⇒ Career and Education. 
    ⇒ Empowerment and work concerns, 
    ⇒ Interpersonal problems (difficulties in relationships, marriage, family, etc.),
    ⇒ Coping with stress and trauma,
    ⇒ Identity difficulties and development,
    ⇒ Mental illness or physical health concern,
    ⇒ Finding meaning/purpose in life,
    ⇒ Adjustment issues,
    ⇒ Social justice and advocacy for the oppressed,
    ⇒ Educating and bringing awareness in people regarding mental health i.e. psycho-education,
    and concerns.
    ⇒ Impact of environment like culture and gender shaping people’s experience and concerns.

    Hence, you do not have to have a mental health disorder to seek help.

  • MYTH: If I go to a counselor, other people will assume that something is wrong with me.
  • MYTH: Seeking help is a sign of weakness

    FACT: Is looking after yourself, trying to manage your problems ever a sign of weakness? Then, how is seeking help from a professional to do the exact same thing, a sign of weakness? A counselor would not be solving your problems for you; counseling will unwrap the strength you have within you that shall help you solve your own problems. Counseling is in fact a source of strength and a catalyst promoting well-being.

  • MYTH: If I cannot solve my problems, a stranger will never be able to solve them.
  • MYTH: Counseling is a shortcut for handling any difficulty.