Benefits of counselling

Marin Fadiloglulari

Hardships in life are unavoidable and during tough times, having someone to turn to can make all the difference in our lives. Counselling, despite being commonly seen as a sign of weakness, only indicates strength – as the willingness to improve your relationship with yourself and your life requires a lot of courage. Regardless of your reasons, whether it is anxiety, depression or a simple need for support, counselling can be life-changing for you. Here is a few of many benefits counselling has to offer:

Self-Acceptance And Self Esteem:

Self-esteem issues are common especially in young people in today’s society. One of the main reasons is the constant exposure to edited images and videos that worsens insecurities and pushes people to chase a certain “perfect” lifestyle that is clearly fake. Counselling can shed light to learning and accepting that our imperfections are what makes us human beings. Instead of overthinking our flaws, we can learn to embrace them on our journey to be the best versions of ourselves rather than comparing ourselves to others.

Safe Space:

Sometimes counselling can be exactly what you’re looking for even if you don’t believe that you actually need it. Have you ever felt like saying something that has been bothering you but chose not to because you were afraid of other people’s reactions or the consequences? If your answer is yes, then this one is for you. The safe space offered by counselling refers to guaranteed confidentiality and no judgement. The negative impacts of not letting out your emotions, whatever they may be, are widely acknowledged by counsellors, making counselling the perfect place to let go of what you have been clinging on to that has been holding you back in life.

Managing And Expressing Emotions:

Counselling can be increasingly helpful when experiencing overwhelming emotions that you might find challenging to explain. Whether it is about learning new coping strategies or improved ways of communicating your feelings to others, you can discover how to express and cope with your emotions in healthier ways. This not only prevents bottling up your feelings only to let them out in more damaging ways, but it also trains your mind on processing emotions.

These are only a few of the many benefits of counselling. At Ignite Life, we observe and acknowledge the distress young people are faced with today and always there to provide support to those who need it. If you want to support, you can fundraise for Ignite to continue providing mental health support to vulnerable young people.

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