by Anne Brodbeck, Streams Counselling –
Seeking help in our day and age still has many stigmas attached. Most people at some point in their lives seek counselling to overcome hurdles of various kinds. Let’s face it: life’s journey has many challenges and it is normal to be overwhelmed at times. Life’s ups and downs are inevitable; the recipe for successful living depends on how we handle them.
The reasons for needing help will vary from one person to another: loss, life transitions, depression, anxiety, addictions and old patterns or roadblocks hindering progress are a few of the many situations you may encounter. Some are more urgent than others. In any case, nothing is more important than feeling well. It is never too late to ask for help.
Counselling can benefit everyone, from young children to those in their golden years. It is also a great resource for equipping caregivers and family members who play a vitally supportive role. Counselling offers potential for change no matter the age, whether for younger people as wholesome habits are being formed or for adults of any age who are open for growth.
Many ask how long therapy should last. Short-term sessions may benefit some, while others may wish to pursue a longer journey. It is important to establish goals at the beginning of your counselling relationship with your therapist. Once a blueprint is designed to meet your needs, counselling sessions are extremely helpful as you learn strategies that will be applicable in real life situations. With your counsellor’s support, you have the opportunity to use new tools and evaluate their effectiveness. As you gain perspective, it is natural to adjust your goals as your needs change with your counselling journey.
Finding the right therapist for your needs is paramount. It is important to find a qualified professional registered by a reputable association, provincial or national. Next, you must feel connected to this person and comfortable in discussing very personal matters. You may wish to ask the prospective counsellor about therapy style, philosophy and approach to psychotherapy. A good counsellor listens well and is able to guide clients to discover their solutions. Remember that you are the client and you have every right to evaluate service rendered. You may speak up at any time if you wish to adjust the course of therapy. Ask if your therapist would be available to you in the event of an emergency, or if they would offer group and family sessions.
In my practice, I facilitate discovery by helping my clients draw their own conclusions and make autonomous choices. Through the therapeutic process my clients gain personal independence, self-awareness and confidence. I believe that recognizing existing strengths provides a solid structure on which to build strategies for a purposeful life.
Counselling is not a crutch; it is a valuable opportunity for growth to learn new strategies for successful living. It offers a chance to gain a wider perspective and hope for the future.
For more information, visit www.streamscounselling.com.