Why Seek Counselling?

Posted on March 1st, by Susan Monkman in Articles. Comments Off on Why Seek Counselling?

Why Seek Counselling?

Personal growth…problem solving…self-acceptance…

People seek counselling for a variety of reasons.  For some, counselling is sought when they have experienced a traumatic event, an unexpected change in life, or a life transition, triggering distress and uncertainty. Even positive events can add stress and overwhelm current coping skills.  Others seek counselling when they experience a sense of unbalance in their life while others are striving for personal growth through self-exploration and self-acceptance.

Perhaps you are experiencing one or more of the following:

  • Making an important decision that you’d like to process before taking action
  • Wanting to improve a struggling or healthy relationship
  • Stress or anxiety, performance anxiety and/or panic attacks
  • Loss of hope, depression, or thoughts of harming yourself
  • Unresolved childhood issues
  • Spiritual crisis
  • Ongoing struggles with an addiction (gambling, alcohol or drug use, shopping, sex)
  • Significant loss of a loved one, identity, health, culture, purpose, employment, income
  • Major life event or transition: buying or selling a home, graduation, choosing a career path, marriage, a new baby, starting university, changing careers, empty-nest, retirement, etc.
  • Social injustices based on your ethnicity, age, gender or disability that contributes to a sense of powerlessness, despair, and/or anger
  • Emotional, sexual, physical and/or spiritual abuse
  • Low self-esteem or feeling like you don’t ‘fit’
  • Struggles with body image
  • Unresolved anger that is creating problems at school, work or in relationships

Counselling can provide a place of support where you can be heard and your experiences validated. It can enhance coping and problem-solving skills thereby strengthening your resiliency for facing future problems in life.

Research has found that:

“The most important aspects of therapy typically are the ‘nonspecific’ factors—the personality of the therapist; having a time and place to talk; having someone care, listen, and understand; having someone provide encouragement and advice; and having someone help you understand your problems”

(Hubble, Duncan, & Miller, 1999, p. 106).

-Excerpt taken from: Hubble, M. A., Duncan, B. L., & Miller, S. D. (1999). The heart and soul of change: What works in therapy. Washington: American Psychological Association

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