Is counselling more necessary now than ever before?

According to the charity Mind, a quarter of people will experience a mental health problem of some kind each year in England, and 1 in 6 people report experiencing a common mental health issue (such as depression and anxiety) on any given week in the country.

We are heading into what many politicians have termed a ‘bleak winter.’ With unemployment on the increase, due to the effects of the pandemic and with the economy teetering on the brink, there is likely to be a higher-than-average number of people seeking mental health assistance over the next year.

Unfortunately, the waiting list on the NHS is woefully inadequate at present, meaning that many are left waiting several months to see a free counselling or therapy service, in which time they could have suffered any number of seriously damaging effects. Private counselling therefore is the only remaining solution. Unfortunately, this comes at a cost that might be a stretch if you are unemployed or working part-time. However, some practices offer budget sessions for those who are currently short of money. There are also a number of mental health apps available online, which work for some but not others. It is also possible to receive therapy over the phone in the Coronavirus era.

Different kinds of therapy

Psychodynamic psychotherapy and cognitive-behavioural therapy (CBT) are two common types of therapy. CBT has can be used to address a number of mental health issues. It’s a short-term approach with methods and goals concentrating on building certain skills to help you overcome your issues. In the sessions, you will learn how to deal with anxiety and properly utilise relaxation methods. You will develop techniques that you can use outside of the sessions. CBT helps people identify the negative thought patterns that tumble like a washing machine through their brain to replace them with more positive mental traits. Psychodynamic therapy has a holistic focus on the perspective of the client. Instead of concentrating on behaviour, it involves exploring mental and emotional processes.

Therapy and Counselling

How therapy can help

Therapy can be a chance to vent your frustrations and negative thoughts. It can also allow you to develop strategies for coping with specific problems. You may feel that some of these issues are too much of a burden to put on your family and friends. A therapist can offer a sympathetic neutral space where you do not feel like you are being judged. The results may take time to appear and the changes are often subtle. Ultimately finding a therapist who you connect with will change your life for the better.

Using a therapist can be easier than talking about your issues with the people who you know and love. You may decide that those people are too involved. A therapist can listen to your problems from a neutral perspective. Therapy gives you the chance to view your issues from outside of your bubble. Whichever type of therapy you choose, you are likely to gain insight into the things that are causing you anxiety or distress. This can help you make positive changes going forward.

The coronavirus era has not been kind on relationships. Without being able to socialise properly and often spending large amounts of time in the house, a good old bicker has come to the forefront in many relationships. Unfortunately, this can lead to breakups at a time when happiness is scarce. Taking couples therapy, even if this is done online, is one way to sort out the issue. Whether there are problems with lack of trust or different parenting styles, the therapist will be able to help you find an appropriate solution that does not end in a separation.

You can also take advantage of family therapy in a face-to-face setting. This can be helpful for children with behavioural issues or for adults with addiction issues. It can bring a sense of unity to the family.

Therapy’s effects stay with you for years and can change the way that you live your life in the long-term future. You are developing the tools to deal with whatever life throws at you. You may even reach a time when you consider that there is no longer any need for therapy. A therapist can also discuss whether or not you might benefit from using antidepressants alongside your sessions.

Repressing your emotions can lead to future issues such as long-term depression, burnout and even breakdowns. It can also lead to problems with relationships in your life. Counselling will enable you to see life through a new lens. You will gain insight on yourself and those around you. You will also free yourself of the negative emotions weighing you down. Therapy can prepare you for unexpected conflicts and anger-inducing or high-pressure situations, as well as feelings of resentment. There are also support groups available for people suffering from certain issues, such as divorce or addiction, which can help to provide a feeling of not being alone in the world.

The final say

The stigma of mental health seems to be fading gradually in the UK. If you feel that therapy would be helpful, you should give it a try. There are numerous online resources for those suffering with issues relating to mental health. The Expert app also allows you to be matched with a therapist that can best suit your needs. All you have to do is book the service and schedule a time and date for your free consultation session. Here you can discuss your needs with the counsellor and start the bonding process.