Most of us are aware of the importance of a healthy body – if we are in physical pain or have a physical illness we do not hesitate in seeing a doctor; if we want to build our body, we are happy to seek the help of a coach or a trainer in order to improve our physical health.
However, when people face challenges in the mind, they often hesitate to seek professional insight and help.
Just as it is useful and important to take care of your body, it is important to take care of your mental and emotional wellness
In today’s world, you face several challenges that are primarily emotional and of the mind: whether it is dealing with other people at work, or dealing with your personal relationships, or dealing with stress and anxiety or the day to day stress of modern life.
For many others, they may not have clinical depression or anxiety but still may suffer emotional challenges that they continue to try to deal with alone, or without adequate professional help.
This may be experiences as challenges in relationships at work or with family and friends, chronic physical pain, fatigue, lack of motivation, anger or a subtle sadness. Many others may have questions about life about life , death, purpose and existence, and ultimately perhaps, a striving for happiness success and meaning.
For these and anything to do with emotions and the mind, the person who can be of help is a trained mental health professional such as a psychologist or a psychiatrist. A Psychotherapist is a trained expert professional who has the knowledge, and skills to help you understand your own conscious and unconscious mind, and to help you achieve your best possible life by removing any emotional blocks. .
Psychotherapy might just seem like a conversation and it is often called “Talk Therapy”. However it is not just a conversation, but a facilitated dialogue with a trained professional who understands and listens to not just what you say but also the deep subconscious meanings and reasons behind it, subconscious forces that even you may be unaware of.
Frequent myths and misconceptions about Psychotherapy and counselling:
1. It is the same thing like talking to a friend.
Psychotherapy is not just a conversation, it is a dialogue with a trained professional who understands and listens to not just what you say but also the deep subconscious meanings and reasons behind it that even you may be unaware of. Basically it is a procedure of talking to someone in a confidential manner, to someone who is non-judgemental and an expert about mind and emotions and who can help you achieve your best possible life by getting rid of any kind of emotional blocks and challenges
2. The counsellor will tell me what to do in my life.
Counsellors gain insights from the clients description of their problems and help them identify their own solutions to their problems.The counsellor is there for the individual to jointly explore his/her concerns. They are non- judgemental and although they may give suggestions and advice to the clients, the real goal is to help the client make good decisions for themselves.
3. Only seriously ill people need Psychotherapy or counselling
Psychotherapy or Counselling is not just for the seriously ill people. People can come to a therapist just to feel better or to live optimally as well. Counsellors equip clients with new coping skills and counselling is often a journey that clients take to achieve their maximum potential in life – authentic meaning, success and happiness.
4. Anyone can do counseling and psychotherapy. What harm can come from talking to someone who is not professional qualified and trained?
Psychological disorders are best treated by a trained mental health professional. Y. The harm in talking to an untrained Psychotherapist:
a) exploitation- untrained professionals who are not ethically motivated can exploit the person
b) dependence – Counseling or therapy when done in an unskilled manner can make a client dependent on the therapy. The real goal of therapy is to increase autonomy and independence.
c) incorrect harmful advice – The wrong advice at the wrong time can worsen the misery and harm the client