Myth and Reality

Although interests in self-development and re-gaining control of your own life are steadily growing there are still, unfortunately, many people who have pre-conceived ideas about what counselling is all about, especially what it can and cannot do. These myths and misconceptions might be enough to stop someone making progress through counselling, because these ideas can potentially stop a person from seeking help.

Exploring the subject of Counselling a little further is all that is required to dispel these myths.

Myth:
Only mad people need counselling.

Reality:
The vast majority of people, undergoing some form of counselling, do so simply because they are experiencing difficulties and problems with situations that occur in everyday life. Stress caused by these issues can be overwhelming, and may make a person feel that they are unable to cope with the pressures of life.

The benefit from seeking help from a counsellor is for you to gradually take back control of your  life. Counselling provides empowerment and will enable you to view your problems from a clearer perspective.

 

Myth:
How could a stranger help?

Reality:
Most people find it easier to open up to a complete stranger, than to share their most intimate concerns, worries and problems with loved ones. Friends, family members and colleagues generally know us well enough to be able to judge and even sometimes to  control us. Sometimes we don’t want to burden or worry the people we love, whence holding back on sharing the real issues. And yes, sometimes it is a loved one that is at the root of the issue.

A counsellor is unbiased, has no vested interest in your plans or life, and can therefore actively listen to whatever issues you feel you want to voice. They will listen, challenge your thinking and help you to identify possible solutions, in a safe, totally confidential environment.

 

Myth:
Counsellors just sit there and say nothing.

Reality:
Counsellors are proactive therapists who will work with you to identify core issues and to clarify perspective. They will mentally challenge a client and encourage the individual to explore their limiting beliefs and ideas.

 

Myth:
Counselling takes forever.

Reality:
Counselling takes as little or long as it needs to. You cannot put a time limit on the amount of care, thinking space and attention that you may require. The more complex and severe the issues are, the longer the process. Short-term counselling, that lasts a period of weeks  may be sufficient for clients who have goal-focused issues. Longer-term counselling however, will concentrate on the development of the client’s mental well-being and personality.

 

Myth:
Everyone will know I am seeing a Counsellor.

Reality:
Counselling is a confidential experience shared only by the client and the counsellor. The only people who will know you are seeing a counsellor are those people you decide to tell yourself.

 

Myth:
Counselling will change the person I am.

Reality:
Counselling will allow you to explore core issues from your past, as you identify ways of moving forward with your life. Change is a constant thing, and you will therefore experience a change in your thinking and feeling, with every session that passes. This is all positive progress that will help you to free yourself from negativity and pain you may be mentally carrying around with you.

Counselling will help you to become the person you are, not the person you feel you ought to be!

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