Reasons to Seek Counselling
Contrary to what some people think, counselling isn’t just for those who suffer from mental health disorders. The aim of counselling is to help you reach your potential, work on unresolved issues from the past and teach you new skills so that you can live a happier, more fulfilling life.
The Most Common Reasons to Seek Counselling:
- You haven’t grown out of being shy or having low self-confidence and self-esteem
There’s nothing wrong with being shy or not self-confident but it makes your life more difficult than it has to be. While most people eventually ‘come out of their shells’ once they reach adulthood, some adults still struggle with overcoming their insecurities. If this sounds like you, counselling can help you become more in control of your life and feel more at ease in social situations.
2. You experienced a difficult life situation
A difficult life situation might be a breakup, job loss, bereavement, becoming a carer for a family member, a divorce, financial difficulties and anything else that strongly impacted you. A divorce might not necessarily make you depressed or traumatised but it can still negatively affect you in many other ways. For example, you might become distrustful of people, avoid social interactions or engage in self-destructive behaviours. A therapist can help you work through feelings surrounding a challenging life event you experienced and reconnect with your old self.
3. You find it difficult to handle stress
We all have to deal with various stressors throughout our lives but if what’s going on in your life affects your sleep and lowers your mood, it’s a sign you’d benefit from learning coping skills. A therapist can help you change your relationship with stress and find effective ways of overcoming it.
4. You’re feeling lost
If you feel like your life doesn’t have a meaning or you don’t know what you want to do in the future, counselling can help you develop a stronger sense of self, make you aware of your strengths and give you more clarity on what would be the most fulfilling path you can take. There’s no right or wrong answer but you can learn how to be more confident with your choices.
5. You struggle with relationships
Disagreements between partners are normal. But if you seem to constantly struggle with communication or expressing and managing your emotions and breakups seem like the end of the world, counselling can teach you skills to navigate relationships and help you cope when they end.
6. You experience chronic pain
There’s more to chronic pain than just the physical pain itself. You might also struggle with anger, hopelessness or grief. Counselling can help you come to terms with your current situation but also teach you relaxation techniques that allow you to better manage the pain.
If one of these reasons resonates with you, why not start your healing journey today? Contact My Family Psychologist for a confidential chat