What is psychological counselling?
Psychological counselling is a platform for one to explore and change his/her thought processes and behavioural patterns with the assistance of a trained professional on the grounds of confidentiality.
Why do we need a trained professional?
It’s not everyone’s cup of tea to play the role of a counsellor. The counsellor will have knowledge of theories and concepts of psychological counselling and practical application of them. He/she will be trained in communication skills and non-verbal gestures, possess active listening and interrogative skills, be spontaneous and empathetic. More importantly, all these skills will be evolved only after years of focused, intense training and practice. So, it’s recommended to visit a trained professional to reap maximum benefits from counselling.
Myths about Psychological counselling.
- People who visit psychologists are crazy.
Fact: No. People seek professional help for many reasons ranging from coping up with everyday stress issues, self-improvement in time management, setting clear goals, improving one’s health condition, relationship skills, treatment for depression, anxiety, etc. Anybody can benefit from psychological counselling and improve one’s well-being, holistically.
- Talking to a best friend or family member is as effective as going to a psychologist.
Fact: Partially true. It’s important to have the primary support of friends and family during the crisis, but it’s more beneficial to go to a psychologist as he/she can help you notice your behaviour pattern objectively and help you overcome difficulties. In fact, if you think you do not have someone trustworthy to talk about your problems and are seeking for solution, it’s ideal to speak to a psychologist as they protect your privacy and confidentiality.
- Counselling is only talking, and anybody can do it.
Fact: No. Talking is a vital aspect of counselling which is needed both from counselee’s part to share his/her miseries and counsellor’s end to help navigate one’s thoughts and actions in an appropriate direction. Talking here is not a random chat, in fact, it is a systematic flow of ideas aiming at strategic improvement in one’s life. The session also encompasses few brain exercises, home assignments, role plays, etc.
- Once you start with the therapy, you may have to be attending the counselling sessions for an entire lifetime.
Fact: Not necessarily. While the psychologist always aims at making you independent and empower you with positive coping/social skills, everybody has their pace to move with the therapeutic sessions. It depends on you that how fast you will equip yourself with the required skills and face the world independently.
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