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Addressing Common Counselling FAQs

What most people ask before and during counselling sessions.


You may be wondering for yourself, or someone you know, what it's like to start counselling. I'm here to answer your questions and make starting counselling a little easier.


Self-discovery and emotional well-being can be both exciting and daunting. As a counsellor, I often encounter individuals who have questions and misconceptions about starting counselling. In this blog, I aim to shed light on some frequently asked questions and debunk common myths to help you make an informed decision about seeking counselling.


Counselling FAQs


Is counselling right for me?

Counselling is suitable for anyone who wants to work on their mental and emotional well-being. It is not reserved only for individuals with severe mental health issues. People seek counselling for various reasons; bereavement, relationship issues, identity, change, and personal growth and coping with life's challenges.


How do I choose the right counsellor?

Finding the right counsellor is essential for a successful therapeutic journey. It's crucial to consider factors such as their qualifications, experience, and approach. Don't hesitate to schedule an initial consultation to gauge your comfort level and compatibility. You can do this with me here.


What should I expect in the first session?

This is a common counselling faq. The first session is primarily focused on building rapport, understanding your concerns, and setting goals. It's a safe space to discuss what brings you to counselling and what you hope to achieve.


Is counselling confidential?

Yes, counselling sessions are confidential, and your counsellor is bound by ethical and legal obligations to maintain your privacy. Exceptions may apply in cases of harm to yourself or others, but your counsellor will discuss these limits with you.


Common Myths About Counselling


Counsellors have all the answers.

Counsellors are not here to provide answers. Instead, they guide you in exploring your thoughts, feelings, and behaviours. The goal is to empower you to find your own solutions and insights.


I'll look weak if I have counselling.

This is a harmful stereotype. Counselling is for anyone seeking support and personal growth. Mental health is a continuum, and seeking help is a sign of strength, not weakness.


Counselling is just talking; it doesn't help.

Counselling is a highly effective form of therapy. It equips individuals with coping skills, self-awareness, and strategies to address life's challenges. Research consistently shows the benefits of counselling for mental and emotional well-being.


My counsellor will judge me.

Counsellors are trained to provide a non-judgmental and empathetic environment. They are there to support and understand you without passing judgment.


Starting counselling can be a transformative experience that empowers you to lead a happier, healthier life. By addressing these FAQs and dispelling common myths, I hope you feel more informed and comfortable about taking the first step towards seeking help. Remember, reaching out for support is a courageous choice that can lead to positive changes in your life. If you have any more questions or concerns, feel free to reach out to me for guidance and support on your journey to emotional well-being.


Bernie.

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