• Myriame Lyons

Reasons Why Counselling is Good for You


Have you ever talked yourself out of something you've wanted to try?

When something is new and unknown there can be lots of hesitancy around it. Just think of the last time you tried a new dish at the restaurant. Most of us second guest our choice and end up with our "go to" dish. There's nothing wrong with choosing your "go to" dish; However, if it isn't tasty anymore WHY ARE YOU STILL CHOOSING IT?

This principle can also be applied to other areas of your life, like your health. Most of us aren't jumping up and down at the opportunity of joining a new gym. We're slower to walk through it's doors and into our first fitness class.

If you think about it, it makes sense... New things are unknown. The unknown can feel uncertain, vague, unfamiliar, daunting, and even scary. So, if you've talked yourself out of something new, it's okay! Feeling uncertain and scared isn't pleasant, and most of us will do anything to get rid of the unpleasant feeling. This is a defence mechanism and is adaptive in nature.

But if walking away from something new means continuing to feel like shit, it's no longer working then. The defence has become maladaptive and isn't helping you feel better.

One way of moving through the unpleasant feeling of something new is to GET INFORMATION about it. So in hopes of decreasing your hesitancy about counselling I wanted to share with you 10 reasons why counselling is good for you:

  1. It's a safe space for you to talk about what’s on your mind

  2. You can feel supported by someone neutral who isn’t a family member or friend

  3. You can see your thoughts from a different perspective

  4. You get to release pent-up emotions

  5. You feel less alone with your concerns

  6. It can teach you to let go of unhelpful strategies

  7. You learn to handle emotions in a helpful and productive way

  8. It helps you create greater self-awareness

  9. It helps you build up your resilience

  10. Ultimately it makes you feel better about yourself

Stay strong,

Myriame

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