The reasons people attend counselling are as varied as people themselves. For some individuals, it is about having an opportunity in a safe and non-judgemental setting to address distressing situations which they have encountered. For others, it may be seen as an opportunity to initiate personal development in a supportive environment. Either way, it is critical to understand that counselling is a personalized dynamic experience.
In choosing to attend counselling, it is important to have realistic expectations. The counsellor’s role is to assist with discovering the individual’s resiliency, and working with them to build effective coping mechanisms and problem solving skills. It is not about focusing on or changing others, but rather, focusing on what is within our own control and how we can effect positive change. Counselling has been shown to be successful, but it hinges on the individual’s desire to make change. It can take time, but it can lead to a feeling of hope and empowerment.
Individuals engaged with counselling services often articulate general improvements in their well-being. Some common benefits include:
▪ Improved relationships
▪ Improved ability to communicate
▪ Increased sense of self-worth
▪ Increased productivity in personal and professional matters