Is Counselling Helpful?

Only 35% of doctors believe that antidepressants are best for treating mild depression

82% percent of people are prepared to try counselling
 

88% of people who have experienced counselling rated it as being useful

50% of people are no longer affected after 18 months
 

(Mental Health Foundation, 2007)

Counselling or Psychotherapy (terms that are used interchangeably) are ‘talking therapies’ that seek, through the development of a close professional relationship, to uncover the causes of psychological distress that you may be experiencing. Counselling has many approaches such as CBT, Gestalt, Solution Focussed, Transactional Analysis, Family Therapy as well as a host of other philosophies. All are subtly different but at their centre in the need to explain distress through exploring the thoughts, feelings and behaviours of the client in how they are managing themselves, their lives and their situation.

You may also see the ‘terms’ Counselling for depression, anxiety, stress, phobias, loss or addictions but generally the process and relationship are the same. Although these ‘issues’ have different themes and sensations the process of change is pretty much the same. At It’s Okay Counselling we adopt a Person Centred Approach which is a tried and tested method that has been shown to be effective is dealing with a variety of mental health problems. It is a counselling philosophy that is underpinned by the view that people are unique, are ever evolving and are capable of growth if the opportunity to do so is available. This opportunity is created by the counsellor who provides conditions (within the counselling room) that will enable you to explore, understand and engage in new insights into you and your current situation, allowing you to move more freely in the world. These conditions are developed within the close professional relationship, with your counsellor, who will provide you with warmth, care, understanding, honesty and trust. By experiencing these conditions you will begin to hear your own voice more clearly and begin again, to trust yourself in a more open and genuine way. Your difficulties may still be apparent but your ability to cope with them will increase as will your ability to experience more positive times.

At Its Okay we provide counselling to
  • Cope with loss and bereavement
  • Cope with redundancy and stress at work
  • Explore issues linked to sexual identity
  • Reach personal goals and for personal development
  • Work through difficult emotions such as anxiety and working through worries and negative thoughts
  • Explore feelings of sadness, low mood or depression
  • Gain confidence and a stronger sense of self
  • Develop a broader perspective of life, of the world and of other people.

Being Emotionally and Mentally Healthy?

Mental or Emotional Health describes a state of psychological wellbeing which includes how you feel about yourself, how you manage your emotions, the quality of your relationships and how resilient you are to life’s inevitable difficulties. Being Mentally Healthy enables people to face challenges, recover from set-backs and to plot a course in life that has purpose and direction. Like building physical health, mental health also takes time and effort but the rewards can benefit all aspects of life.

Useful links

http://www.nhs.uk/conditions/Counselling/Pages/Introduction.aspx

http://www.itsgoodtotalk.org.uk/what-is-therapy

http://www.bacp.co.uk/

Being Emotionally and Mentally Healthy

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What is counselling and psychotherapy?

“Talking therapies or psychological therapies are based on the idea that talking to a training therapist can help people better understand their thoughts and feelings and how they relate to their behaviour, mood and psychological wellbeing. Talking therapies can help people find ways to change their lives by acting and thinking in a more constructive or positive manner.”

(Mental Health Foundation, 2007) Is Counseling Helpful