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While the stigma around counselling is slowly starting to shift, an Australian Bureau of Statistics National Survey found that around 65% of people experiencing mental health and wellbeing issues didn’t seek assistance. This is astounding given counsellors provide a safe environment for individuals, couples and families to share their thoughts and feelings free of judgement.
People consult counsellors and psychotherapists for a number of reasons including:
- depression, stress and anxiety
- chronic illness
- relationship issues
- family violence
- grief and loss
- work-related problems
- anger management
If you can push past the misconceptions around getting assistance to improve your mental health and wellbeing, then you that much closer to improving your quality of life! The next step is finding the right professional to help you on your journey. Below are examples of some different types of the counselling and psychotherapy services available.
Psychotherapy is generally a longer term therapy. which relies heavily on the collaborative relationship between you and your counsellor. This method employs a range of psychological approaches and helps you work towards change by exploring your thoughts, feelings and behaviours. As a result, psychotherapy can be used to help you understand yourself better and in the treatment of conditions such as depression, anxiety and stress.
Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT)
Cognitive Behaviour Therapy focuses on learning to shift your thoughts and feelings to affect positive changes in behaviour. While it’s know as a is a short-term form of psychotherapy, CBT can still take many months to successfully overcome unhealthy patterns and behaviours.
CBT can be used to treat a range of mental health conditions including OCD, eating disorders and insomnia.
Relationship, Marriage and Couples Counselling
Counselling isn’t just for individuals! Whether you’re married, separated, dating, or experiencing issues with other people in your life, counselling may help. A harmonious relationship with others is paramount to your overall health and wellbeing. Having said that, people can be very apprehensive about entering into couples or relationship counselling. However, it’s important to understand that the counsellor isn’t there to take sides or judge you.
If you already see a counsellor or psychotherapist for individual sessions, you will need to find another practitioner for your relationship, marriage or couples counselling needs. It’s also worth noting that not all counsellors perform both individual and relationship counselling.
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