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Could counselling help me

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If you are experiencing any type of emotional or psychological difficulty, you may have considered seeing a counsellor. But the range of different types of counselling and therapy available can appear overwhelming, especially when you may be struggling just to manage day to day life.So could counselling help me?

So what exactly is counselling, and what can it do for you?

Sometimes, the term ‘counselling’ is used to refer to all talking therapies. But in actual fact, counselling is a particular type of therapy and is just one of the approaches available. Which one might suit you is partly a matter of personal preference and partly of matching up your particular problem with the most effective type of help.

There are lots of situations in which a talking therapy might help, including:

Anxiety and depression

Some people prefer to treat anxiety and depression with therapy, while others find a combination of therapy and medication is the most effective solution. Either way, therapy can help you to identify the reasons why you became anxious or depressed, and to come up with solutions.

If your problem is deep-rooted and relates to your childhood, or to a serious trauma in your life, then one of the many models of psychotherapy might be the best way forward. It can help you to work out the impact that your experiences have had upon you and to come to terms with the feelings which are often left behind.

If your problem is related to the level of stress in your, then cognitive behavioural approaches can be very effective. These help you to reframe the way that you think and perceive the world, so that you become less anxious and better able to cope.

Relationship counselling

This is not just for couples. Parents and children can also benefit, and whole families can work thorough their difficulties with each other, with the help of a trained family therapist. But for those who are struggling with their relationship with a partner,  a session with a trained therapist can finally shift those seemingly insoluble disputes. Relationship counsellors are trained to deal with common problems such as constant arguing, the impact of a new baby, and sexual problems.

could counselling help me

Bereavement and life changes

The most traumatic event in anyone’s life is a bereavement. Of course, this applies to the death of a loved one, and many people do turn to a specialist counsellor at such a time. It can be reassuring to talk to someone who knows that your feelings of shock, anger and hopelessness are normal, when friends and family may find it difficult to know how to help.

But there are other types of bereavement too, connected to major life changes. Redundancy and retirement can mean the loss of a social role that formed your identity, and can be surprisingly difficult to come to terms with. The ‘empty nest’ stage of children finally leaving can be similarly disorientating. And then there’s the mid life crisis, when you realise that you haven’t achieved all that you once expected form life. All of these problems can be worked through with the help of a counsellor, who will encourage you to talk about your feelings in a confidential environment.

Take care

Which approach you opt for is up to you. However, be aware that there are plenty of untrained people out there presenting themselves under the banner of ‘therapy.’ So do your research: the British Association of Counsellors and Therapists has more information about all of the therapies mentioned, plus numerous others, and listings of properly trained and accredited practitioners, at http://www.bacp.co.uk..




About Rebecca Robinson

About Rebecca Robinson

After spending the last 8 years juggling life as a mum of two, wife and working full time as a Project Manager for a global telecommunications company, Rebecca Robinson made the decision to follow her love of writing and took the plunge; turning her passion into a full time career. Since becoming a full time writer, Rebecca has worked with various media and copy-writing companies and with the ability to make any topic relevant and interesting to the reader, now contributes to The Working Parent on articles ranging from credit cards to teenage relationships. Ever the optimist, Rebecca's dreams for the future include a house in the country filled with children, dogs and horses in the field!

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