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Friday, July 10, 2020

Do normal people need counselling?
It is a common misconception to think that only seriously ill people need counselling help. Studies show that over eighty percent of people can benefit from counselling at some time in their lives. Therefore, it is normal to need counselling when special concerns or difficult feelings arise.

Most people have a problem at some stage in their lives with anxiety, depression, stress, relationships, negative automatic though processes, etc. Therapy can be the most life changing experience and begins with just a single step. If you are considering it, this is an indication that you probably could benefit from the experience.

What happens in counselling?
Generally, you will meet for therapy regularly for about fifty minutes usually at the same time once each week. The goal of counselling is to learn about our habits and patterns of feeling and behavior and how they cause us problems. We can then learn new habits and patterns which will be more successful for us.

Counselling provides a special setting in which we can learn about ourselves enabeling us to be more effective in our relationships with others and with ourselves.

Is counselling or psychotherapy right for me?
People attend therapy for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is to deal with long-standing issues such as anxiety or depression. Other times it is in response to unexpected changes, work related stress, relationship breakup, job loss or work transition etc.

Many seek the support of therapy as they pursue their own personal exploration and growth.  Counselling and psychotherapy is beneficial  for anyone interested in getting the most out of their life by taking responsibility, creating greater self-awareness and working towards change in their lives using models of therapy such as CBT, reflective practice and self awareness.

Do I really need counselling?  I can usually handle my problems.
Everyone goes through challenging situations in life, and while you may have successfully navigated through other difficulties you’ve faced, you may benefit from extra support at this time.

By engaging in counselling or psychotherapy you are taking responsibility by accepting where you are in life and making a commitment to change the situation.

How can counselling or psychotherapy help me?

Therapy provides you with a safe, confidential and supportive place to explore the difficulties you are facing in your life.  It can provide long lasting benefits, giving you the self-knowledge and tools you need to avoid triggers, to change patterns that aren’t helpful for you and to support you in whatever challenges you face.

Is medication a substitute for therapy?
It is well established that the long-term solution to mental and emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot always be solved solely by medication.  Instead of just treating the symptom, therapy addresses the cause of our distress and the behaviour patterns that are not helping us.

In some cases a combination of medication and therapy can be the right course of action. This involves working collaboratively with your medical Doctor.

Qualifications

Vital Conexions Vital connections Relationship Builders Middlesex University ICHAS college
Dip in Christian counselling (Year: 2005) Post traumatic stress debriefing Adventures in Intimacy BSc in counselling and Psychotherapy (Hons) M.A. CBT

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