We generally approach our mental health differently to our physical health. We have a headache or a cold, we call the doctor. We feel anxious, worried, stressed? We hesitate. Why?
There’s a stigma attached to mental health and sometimes counselling can feel like the unknown, so here are a few myths which have been debunked!
Counselling is only for those with serious mental health issues….
Some believe you need an official or psychological diagnosis for counselling, although counselling can be beneficial for those with an official diagnosis, however it can be beneficial for anyone.
Counselling can support issues such as relationship breakdowns/difficulties, major life events, bereavement, stress, anxiety as well as personal development.
Counselling is all about my past, my childhood, my parents…..
There is a misconception that counselling involves a constant rehashing of your childhood. There are different approaches to counselling and it can be tailored to meet your individual need. Some approaches will look at your past history and patterns, other approaches focus on your current issues.
When seeking a counsellor, it is worth asking what their approach is and how they work with their clients. It’s a good idea to ‘shop’ around for a counsellor by asking how they work.
Counselling is no different to talking to my family and friends…..
Some of us are fortunate to have good support from family and friends in times of need and crisis.
However, the greatest benefit of counselling is speaking to someone who is impartial with no connection to your personal life. This means a non-judgemental and respectful place to talk about some of the difficulties you are experiencing.
Counsellors have spent years of training and have the skills and knowledge in working with complex issues and know how to work closely with their clients in enabling them to meet their personal goals.
I tried counselling once and it wasn’t for me….
Counselling is not for everyone and that is okay. However, if you tried counselling once it doesn’t mean it can’t be beneficial the next time. Every counsellor will be different due to their approach, experiences etc.
When searching for a counsellor, look for a few and make contact with them. Don’t be afraid to shop around before making a decision. Counselling is most effective when there is rapport between counsellor and client.