How Do I Know If I Need Counselling?
Updated: Jan 4
Is Counselling For Me?
Maybe... It would be unrealistic to say that counselling is for everyone. Counselling works best when the person believes that it could help them. It's like when a person believes in drinking kombucha for its probiotics, antioxidants and deliciousness!
As a Counsellor in Vancouver, I do also think that most people would benefit from accessing the counselling space. There are many different styles of therapy and people who become therapists, and so the options are plentiful.
If you are unsure about the counselling process and what it can offer you, know that you can most often ask the prospective counsellor for a phone consultation. These consultations are usually free, and offer a quick way to see if they are the right fit for you. You can ask about therapeutic style, training, cultural lens, political ideologies, favourite client, etc.
When I am able to chat with someone before a full 50min individual counselling session, I find that both of prospective client and I get a better sense of fit and therapeutic potential. If I feel like a client might be better supported by another counsellor, I am quite transparent about helping them find someone more suitable.
4 Reasons Counselling Is More Likely To Work
I do not mean to compare counselling to kombucha, rather I am noting that there are many reasons why some people may get more out of the counselling experience than others. Here are a few of these reasons. This list is certainly not exhaustive.
Timing. A person connects with a counsellor when they are ready to share and face things that they have kept hidden or locked away because they were not ready to look at before.
Willing. A person is willing to explore the counselling process as a new form of support and healing.
Trusting. A person has found a counsellor whom they can trust and be comfortable and open with, AND they trust themselves to stand up to their fears and overcome them.
Courage. A person has the courage to talk about their mental health, regardless of whether or not these chats happen with a counsellor.
And if these fail to convince you, you never know until you try. Give me a call or shoot me an email if you want to give counselling a try.