Before we get on to the reasons to have counselling, lets first take a look at what counselling is.
Quite often counselling can feel like such a daunting prospect. To open up, talk about your deepest and most vulnerable experiences, let out the emotions that come with those experiences, and explore how to process it all... Then to be doing this with a stranger who you know barely anything about.
What comes to mind for you when you think of counselling?
Speaking to friends and family some words that come to mind for them were concerns around being judged, how they were going to open up and trust this person, if it would help them, and that it would feel intimidating.
Counselling, or therapy, was often thought of as something only 'unstable' people needed; those with something wrong with them, outcasts of society. It was seen as something 'to fix' someone who was broken in the eyes of society.
The stigma around receiving counselling is changing and more people are accessing therapy off their own initiative rather than it being a last resort, however it can still feel quite challenging to access therapy whether it's through the NHS, a Charity, or finding a Private Therapist.
For me, as a therapist, counselling is a process that anyone can access to look at their ways of coping with difficult situations, mental health, or wellbeing and so is open to everyone at any point in their lives.
So why would you have counselling? What can you use it for?
There are an unlimited amount of reasons to have counselling...
In a crisis - it may be that you are really struggling to cope with everything going on in your life. Sometimes clients may be at breaking point and can't see a way out - this may or may not involve thoughts of suicide, having a mental health condition that isn't being managed, having a health problem that isn't being managed.
When in a crisis for the first time, it is likely you will be accessing counselling via a mental health professional or GP and so will be referred to short term sessions through a funded service.