Did you know that nearly 1 in 3 Canadians suffer from mental illness? This is a problem that affects millions of people, but it doesn’t have to be this way. In this post, we’ll explore the importance of counselling for overcoming mental health related concerns.
Why Is Counselling Important?
Seeking support from a professional about your mental health is important in helping you work through your mental illness or mental health challenges. Oftentimes, we may go to our support system of friends or loved ones to help us with whatever troubles us. While that is a great resource for support, it is important to note that our friends or loved ones may not be adequately suited to guide us through this journey.
Counselling offers you the opportunity to obtain the tools and skills needed to improve your mental health. Engaging in the counselling process offers you the chance to be an active participant in changing how you feel by unpacking your thoughts, feelings and emotions in a safe, therapeutic environment.
How Does Counselling Help People With Their Mental Health?
Counselling helps people improve their mental health by offering insights into their situations. If you are unaware of how you are feeling, how can you change it? A therapist will help guide you towards awareness and growth into what you are feeling and why. Through the counselling process, you will learn to understand and name what you are feeling and be given strategies to help you towards psychological development.
What Are the Basic Counselling Methods?
A counsellor may use a variety of therapeutic modalities to help you achieve your goals including but not limited to, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT), Dialectical Behavioural Therapy (DBT), Solution-focused therapy, Narrative therapy or Psychodynamic therapy. Depending on your unique mental health challenges, your counsellor may also pull from multiple modalities and offer an eclectic approach.
What Is the Main Role of a Counsellor?
Through the counselling process, a counsellor will help you work towards your goals of improving the symptoms of your mental illness or mental health concerns. The main role of a counsellor is to serve as a supportive person guiding you toward self-discovery. Maintaining a genuine, empathetic connection with your counsellor is of utmost importance in achieving your counselling goals and alleviating the symptoms of your mental illness.
What To Expect During Counselling Therapy
Therapy doesn’t have to be scary. In therapy, you will be an active participant in change. Your therapist will guide you in this journey and go at a pace that feels right for you. Using principles from Cognitive-behavioural therapy, psychodynamic therapy or Dialectical behaviour therapy to name a few, your therapist will work with you to achieve your goals by teaching you alternative ways of thinking or providing you with skills and resources to improve your well-being.
In your psychotherapy sessions, your mental health may also be channelled toward alternative thinking patterns. Change doesn’t have to be scary, but sometimes discomfort may lead to the best of changes.
The time to take control of your mental health is now. Every day that you wait is another day spent feeling unhappy and sad. At Body Science Therapy, we’re here to help you turn things around and achieve the results you’ve been looking for. Book your appointment today and let’s get started.