With mental health issues affecting almost 1 in 2 Australians during their lifetime, many of us have considered seeking out some form of treatment at one point or another.
The truth is that all of us need support at certain times in our lives, whether it’s from family and friends or a trained professional. Letting our problems take over our world without dealing with them properly can lead to feelings of isolation, despair and despondency, which will only spiral and get worse if left untreated.
If you feel yourself becoming overwhelmed by life’s challenges, seeking out counselling can be a fantastic way to work through your issues. Counselling can be a great source of support if you’re dealing with mental health issues such as anxiety and depression, or simply to help you cope with everyday life. Here are 5 excellent reasons why you should consider seeking the help of a counsellor and how their services can benefit you.
- Gives you space to share without judgement
Counselling gives you somewhere that you can be open and transparent about your emotions without the fear of being judged or ridiculed. Sharing these intimate details with family and friends can feel risky, as we don’t know how they’re going to react or if they can be trusted with our secrets.
A counsellor is an impartial third party who can listen to your problems without having any preconceived notions or outside influences. You can trust them to create a safe environment where all your feelings are important, valid and respected.
- Opens you up to new perspectives
Verbalising your emotions helps you to see them in a different light and get a better grasp of your experiences. Doing so with a counsellor also helps to open you up to new perspectives and the opinion of someone who isn’t involved and can remain impartial in your problems.
Hearing the opinions of an outsider can help you recognise your needs and what emotions you need to work through. These problems can’t be resolved unless you recognise them in the first place, which is what opening yourself up to new perspectives can do.
- Helps you resolve internal conflicts
Regular counselling sessions give you an opportunity to share your thoughts and emotions as they happen, rather than letting them build up and accumulate over time. This means that you can successfully and effectively resolve and overcome problems before they begin to take a serious toll on your life and relationships.
- Give you the tools to deal with mental health struggles
While many people start seeing counsellors just to help them work through everyday struggles, others use counselling to work through mental health struggles like anxiety, depression, trauma and addiction. Counsellors can help you address the cause of any mental disorders you may be suffering from and give your further insight into your condition.
It also provides you with a safe space for healing and to learn the right tools to change your behaviours that may negatively contribute to your mental health.
- Improve your relationships
Counselling provides you with the opportunity and tools for growth and self-realisation, which in turn can have a positive effect on those we care about the most. Many of us tend to inadvertently push the people we love away when we’re going through a hard time. It can be difficult to repair those relationships if we are not learning from our mistakes and evolving with time.
The tools that counselling can equip us with give us the ability to develop deeper, more meaningful connections and get out of our own way when it comes to the people we love.
Looking after your mental health and putting yourself first is the key to turning over a new leaf. Failing to deal with your emotions can have devastating effects that only worsen over time, having a potentially devastating impact on your life. Seeking out the help of a professional counsellor (and approved NDIS provider) is a brave and powerful move, and one that can change your life for the better.