Busting Common Myths About Counselling
In this episode, Ms. Mugdha Shetye and Ms. Chandani Kapoor speak about the Facts of Counselling. It is a process; where a Counsellor provides a non-judgmental environment to the client. People of any age who are facing Behavioral, Emotional or Academic related issues can opt for it.
A Counsellor helps develop new skills and attitudes and gives insights to work on the issue. The number of sessions required for guidance depends on the client’s efforts and determination; which may take time. Client’s consistency in the sessions is beneficial for them.
Another Counselling Myth
Psychologists/Counsellors do not prescribe medicines. Medicines are given by Psychiatrist depending on the severity of the case. However, Counselling includes therapy, talking, and Combined Sessions with clients and parents/immediate family or guardians. It’s recommended to get help from qualified professionals for the issues faced and not just discuss it with friends and families. Counselling helps an individual find different pathway to overcome and prepare for present as well as future problems.
Frequents Asked Questions Common Myths About Counselling
What is counselling, and what does it involve?
Counselling is a professional service that provides individuals with a safe and confidential environment to discuss and address personal, emotional, or psychological issues. It involves open conversations, guidance, and strategies to improve well-being.
Is counselling only for people with severe mental health problems?
No, counseling is not exclusively for individuals with severe mental health issues. It is beneficial for a wide range of concerns, including stress, relationship difficulties, life transitions, and personal growth.
Can’t I just talk to a friend or family member instead of seeking counselling?
While talking to friends and family can be helpful, counselling offers a unique advantage. Counselors are trained professionals who provide unbiased support and evidence-based strategies tailored to your specific needs.
Is counselling only for adults, or can children and teenagers benefit from it as well?
Counselling is available for people of all ages, including children and teenagers. Child and adolescent counseling can address issues like school stress, family conflicts, and emotional development.
Will counselling involve medication or treatment I’m not comfortable with?
Counselling does not necessarily involve medication. It focuses on talk therapy and behavioral strategies. If medication is recommended, it is typically discussed as an option, and you have a say in your treatment plan.
How long does counselling typically last?
The duration of counselling varies depending on individual needs and goals. Some people benefit from short-term counselling for specific issues, while others may choose longer-term counseling for ongoing support or personal growth.
Is counselling only for addressing problems, or can it help with personal growth and self-improvement?
Counselling is not limited to addressing problems; it can also be a valuable resource for personal growth, self-improvement, and enhancing overall well-being. It can help you develop better coping skills and achieve personal goals.
Is counselling a sign of weakness or failure?
Absolutely not. Seeking counselling is a sign of strength and a proactive approach to addressing challenges and improving mental and emotional health. It is a courageous step towards self-care and growth.
Are counselling sessions always emotional and intense?
Counselling sessions can vary in intensity, and they are tailored to your needs. Some sessions may involve emotional discussions, while others may focus on practical strategies or goal-setting.
Is everything discussed in counselling confidential?
Counseling sessions are typically confidential, meaning that what you share with your counselor is kept private. However, there are legal and ethical exceptions in cases involving harm to yourself or others.
How do I find the right counsellor for me?
Finding the right counsellor involves considering your specific needs, preferences, and goals. Research local counselors, read reviews, and consider scheduling an initial consultation to assess compatibility.
Can counselling be done remotely or online?
Yes, many counselors offer remote or online counselling sessions, which can be convenient for those with busy schedules or limited access to in-person services.
What should I expect from my first counseling session?
During your first session, you can expect to discuss your reasons for seeking counseling, set goals, and establish a rapport with your counselor. It’s an opportunity to assess whether the counselor is a good fit for you.