What is Counselling?
Counselling is a confidential, collaborative way to address and resolve personal and relationship issues. And this is done in a safe, confidential and non-judgemental environment.
Why would someone need it?
“I’m so depressed!’ Is a phrase that’s thrown around, often quite lightly when people simply aren’t happy.
A hurtful or disappointing experience can leave most people feeling, low, sad or down. That’s perfectly normal. Generally, after the experience is over, the feeling will pass.
Depression, or depressive illness, is different. Unlike a bad mood, it’s an ongoing feeling, lasting several weeks or more. The reason behind it may not always be obvious.
Depression is one of the most common mental health problems – 1 in 5 people experience it at sometime in their lives.
It’s sometimes linked with anxiety, where anxious feelings are followed hours or days later by feelings of depression.
Fortunately depression is often very successfully treated without having to resort to drugs. In fact, if it’s viewed as part of the human experience, working through the feelings of depression can be a real opportunity for personal growth and lasting happiness. Seeing a psychologist or counsellor can help with this important process.
What puts you at risk of depression?
Some physical conditions, diseases and changes in diet or medication can put you at more risk of depressive illness. On a personal level, certain emotional traits can make you more vulnerable to feelings of depression. These include being a lifelong worrier or relentless perfectionist. Being very sensitive personal criticism or being self-critical, shy, socially anxious and having low self-esteem can also play a part.
How do you deal with depression?
Unfortunately, it’s quite common for people to deal with depression with alcohol or drugs. Usually, this can actually makes the situation worse. It’s also tempting to avoid other people, and creating a state of isolation that also increases the depressed feelings.
We recommend as wqould your doctor to seek help from a Psychologist for Counselling. You can speak to our Psychologists by calling us on 9938 1090.
More Frequently Asked Questions About Counselling
Why would I need a counsellor?
People see counsellors for different reasons. It may be for support during personal difficulty, dealing with stress, relationship issues, family stress & parenting issues, depression or addiction. Often, it’s a combination of factors. Whatever the reason, a counsellor or psychologist can provide the support you need to make positive changes in your life.
What can you expect during a counselling session?
Every client is different and therefore every session is different. The important thing is that the session is focussed around your needs. A typical session is one hour and may involve talk, visualisation and other techniques to help you come to a place of clarity.
If you want to know more, call 9938 1090 to speak to our Psychologists today.