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7 MYTHS ABOUT COUNSELLING

1.  COUNSELLING IS FOR WEAK PEOPLE WHO CAN’T COPE BY THEMSELVES

The Independent talks about a significant increase in people accessing counselling in their article - 'Britons are going to therapy in record numbers'

Here's an extract from the article:

"I don't think it's that more of us are unhappy. I just think it shows that the stigma attached to counselling has dramatically diminished," says BACP governor, Dr Andrew Reeves. 

2.  A COUNSELLOR WILL FIX ME

The British Association for Counselling Practitioners (BACP) Ethical Framework states that a counsellor will respect your right to be self-governing and be committed to promoting your well-being and your own autonomy. 

3.  IF I HAVE COUNSELLING I'M ADMITTING THAT SOMETHING IS WRONG WITH ME 

You're often your own worst critic, this type of judgement keeps you from growing and developing. It’s not that there’s something wrong with you, maybe you're just tired of struggling through and feel it’s time for you to take action towards feeling better about things.

4.  I MIGHT BE EXPECTED TO TALK ABOUT SOMETHING I DON’T WANT TO TALK ABOUT 

The counselling session is for you to talk about whatever you'ld like.

The counsellor will help you identify thoughts and feelings, but you decide if you want to explore or not. You can say I’d rather not talk about that at the moment.

You decide the pace, after all it’s your journey.

5.  I WANT TO JUST GET ON WITH THINGS TALKING ABOUT IT WILL MAKE ME FEEL WORSE

 This strategy doesn’t work, when you suppress feelings they get stored in the body.

Over time our bodies start to manifest the effects of suppressed feelings with things like anxiety, depression or other physical illness.

When we process these thoughts and feelings they can be released.

6.  I’M EMBARRASSED - I SHOULD BE ABLE TO COPE

Maybe you’ve always coped in the past but are struggling at the moment. You’re the one who usually supports everyone else.

The truth is nobody is invincible and we all need a little help every now and then.

7.  ‘NORMAL PEOPLE’ DO NOT HAVE COUNSELLING

According to The Aviva Health of the Nation Index (2013), in 2012 a total of 202 GPs reported that 84% of their appointments were attributed to issues with stress and anxiety, with 55% reporting mental health issues.

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