Counselling is a type of talking therapy aimed at helping people deal with emotional issues and the symptoms of mental illness. The main thrust of the treatment involves a series of conversations between a qualified therapist and the patient.
The most effective counselling programmes are those that are tailored to the specific needs of the patient. A mental health counsellor from iGP creates a personalised plan based on the information gathered during an initial consultation with the patient. From there, a range of counselling formats may be considered:
An individual counselling session consists of a one-to-one conversation between the mental health counsellor and the patient. This is the most common approach, as it fosters trust, supports privacy and alleviates the patient's anxiety.
Group counselling involves two or more patients being counselled at the same time. This is a popular approach for addiction issues, as it facilitates the support and empathy of fellow patients. However, some people feel uncomfortable sharing their innermost thoughts with strangers.
Whether for logistical reasons or a need to minimise anxiety, some sufferers prefer remote counselling sessions - either over the phone or via a video conferencing platform. If you struggle to find spare time for counselling or you want to try this type of talk therapy before committing in the long term, remote counselling is a very good option.
Opening up your innermost thoughts and feelings to a counsellor might feel intimidating at first. However, an experienced and highly qualified mental health therapist from iGP will do everything they can to put you at ease.
Counselling is a journey that can take several months or years. And every journey begins with an initial consultation. You will be asked a series of questions, as your therapist will want to understand your symptoms and how they are affecting you. The information gathered at this early stage will be used to create a personalised care plan.
The early questions might include:
Why do you need counselling?
How is your current situation affecting your condition?
Can you talk to me about your personal history?
What mental health symptoms are you living with?
There will be a little housekeeping to get out of the way during your first session. For example, you might be asked to commit to a schedule of dates and times. Your therapist may also set out a few ground rules, including how the patient/counsellor relationship works and the basic principles of the confidentiality agreement you will enter into.
A good counsellor will be able to identify the signs of anxiety and distress, so try not to worry about getting upset - this is part of the process. Also part of the process is asking questions, so don't be afraid to stop the conversation to do so.
Be as honest and open as you can about your feelings. The more information you share, the more you will get from your sessions.
Counselling is designed to help you cope, process or manage issues from occurrences in your past. That makes it a highly effective talk therapy for the following mental health conditions:
Low Self Esteem
Post Natal Depression
Work Related Stress
How well you respond to counselling depends on a range of factors, such as the condition you are suffering from and its severity. But the success of your mental health therapy also depends on how open you are to the process. Give everything, and you are more likely to reap the benefits.
There are countless benefits associated with counselling programmes, but here are a few of the most powerful:
You are given a safe space in which to share your feelings
You can be honest and upfront with someone who won't judge you
You are persuaded to look within yourself for insights into the root causes of your problems
You are given tools to deal with your most powerful emotions
There's no time limit on your recovery - counselling is a journey
Counselling alone may not be sufficient if you are dealing with a particularly complex and serious mental health condition. And if the root cause of your problem relates to behaviours and actions, CGT might be a better option.
Before you consider counselling, make sure you're aware of the potential disadvantages involved:
Counselling often entails answering tough questions and reliving experiences - which can be emotionally demanding
Counselling can require several months of hard work with a therapist
Before booking appointments for Counselling our CBT, please booking an initial assessment with our therapists to discuss the best course of action and devise a treatment plan.
Time: 60 minutes
Counselling is a talking therapy used to treat issues that present in a person's life that cannot be changed such as bereavement or a job loss. The counselling services provided by iGP in Cardiff and South Wales are talking therapies aimed at helping you overcome social, personal and psychological problems. Both online and face-to-face therapy sessions are available with a highly qualified BACBP therapist.
Time: 60 minutes