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Navigating life isn’t always easy. Most people will experience challenges at some point throughout their life, of varying levels of severity. In these times, the support of a professional counsellor can be instrumental to your mental and physical wellbeing. Counsellors are professionally trained practitioners who provide support, encouragement and tools to help people overcome day-to-day challenges.

If you are wondering if counselling is for you, or someone in your life, here are the top 10 benefits of counselling to consider:

1.     It’s about you; counsellors take a person-centred approach

Counsellors adapt their sessions to your individual needs and circumstances. They focus on your unique experience, what is important for you to have a meaningful life as well as enhancing your overall well-being.

2.     It can help you develop relationships

Relationship-building skills gained through counselling sessions can be utilised in other aspects of your everyday life, to help improve your interpersonal relationships. If this is an area you’re particularly interested in developing, please speak to your counselor. 

3.   Counselling provides unbiased support

Counsellors are trained to provide an objective, non-judgemental environment where you can freely express any feeling or concerns to an empathetic ear.

4.     Someone to really listen

Ever had a conversation with someone and felt like they didn’t really listen to you at all? Counsellors, unlike casual conversationalists, are trained to use active listening, providing an environment where you feel genuinely heard and understood.

5.     Giving you the right tools

There is a lot of information out there around how to cope with different mental health challenges. Counsellors can guide you in the direction of appropriate resources for your individual needs.

6.     Confidential and private

Ethical guidelines ensure that counselling sessions are private and confidential, creating a safe space to share your thoughts and feelings. Information is only shared with written consent or if there is a threat to individual or public health. If you have any questions, please ask your counselor in your first session.

7.     Client autonomy

Clients can choose their counsellor and schedule sessions according to their needs, giving you control and flexibility. Met someone and you just don’t click? That’s fine, you can always choose a different counsellor.

8.      Help with a range of mental health problems

Counsellors provide help and support for a range of mental health challenges. Whether you are feeling a little low or experiencing a major life change counsellors are available to support you through your situation.

9.     Personal growth

Counselling often leads to increased self-awareness and personal growth by helping you see your experiences through a new perspective and giving you the tools to overcome challenges.

10.  Make sense of your experience

Talking is powerful. Just spending time talking about your experiences, life and how you feel can help you make sense of them and resolve challenging thoughts and emotions.

If you are interested in finding out more about counselling services, please visit this page.