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
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.
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,
⇒ 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.
FACT: Seeking help and going to a counsellor shows that you are willing to learn more about yourself and improve your life. And this is an achievement in itself because it takes strength to overcome the stigma and proactively look after yourself. Like the quote in the picture above, it might be difficult to look beyond what other people think but beyond that is where beautiful journeys and destinations lie. Plus, once you are at the counsellor’s clinic, confidentiality and privacy are the utmost priorities.
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.
FACT: Remember how being in an actual maze and finding the way out is so much more difficult than solving a maze on a paper or a book? That is because when you are in an actual maze, you cannot see the entire challenge to find a way out. But while solving it on a paper, you can trace each road and see if they are leading the desired destination.
Same is with counseling, when you are in a difficult time, your mind might occupy itself with only a part of the problem. It may miss out on details and resources that are crucial in helping you solve them. But when a professional looks at your situation, he/she will see it from a bird-view and know exactly what will help you in handling that challenge. Plus, counseling has shown to work efficaciously for all kinds of problem time and again. Counselors have experience and skills that will help you excel in specific areas of life.
FACT: Counseling is not a quick fix or a shortcut to get solutions to all your problems; it may sometimes be difficult to open up about things in the past or to work through challenges. Some emotions might surface and cause trouble. Also, counseling requires honesty; not just with the counselor but also with yourself which might be tough for many.
When Does Seeking Help Become Necessary?
Counseling acquaints individuals with skills necessary to deal with a problem, which can be used even after the process of counseling ends. It is like a lifelong learning. But when should one go for counseling? The answer is simple – whenever any type of mental health concern or emotional concern affects your daily life functioning and causes distress, counseling is recommended. Generally in India, it is seen that people seek counseling as a last resort after they have taken time to see if situation is changing or if they are feeling better just with the support of friends and family. This is a natural tendency but waiting too long before the difficulty gets worse is detrimental.
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