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Is counselling meant only for those with mental disorders?

No. This is one of the most hyped myths. All of us at different times need somebody by our side, someone who may understand us, value us and help us work through a difficult situation and realize happiness.

How do I know if I need counseling?

It is usually not too difficult to tell when we are unhappy or dissatisfied with life. Irrespective of the type of situation, if you feel you are unable to resolve it, or that it is getting complicated and find yourself blocked in reaching your goals, leading to unhappiness, you may consider counselling. If you find yourself experiencing emotions that are self-destructive or are unable to get along with significant people in your life for too long again you may consider professional help.

Will I not be considered weak or incapable if I seek counseling?

Remember, only those who are strong take a step towards therapy. It takes a lot of courage to share our personal feelings or problems. Only strong can set out to make a difference to their lives by initiating change rather than passively waiting for situations to change.

Why a counsellor?

Because a counsellor is one who will listen to what we are saying and also to what we are not saying, what we find difficult or impossible to put into words. A counsellor will accept us exactly as we are, whatever we think of ourselves or what we have done. A counselor does not advice us, or judges us as a fun or dull friend, good or bad child, a weak or strong colleague, a kind or evil person. A counsellor will work hard to allow us to see for ourselves how other people see us, how we affect other people and how our behaviour links to our ways of understanding the world around us. A counsellor will believe in our potential to be different or to realize our dreams or to make changes when we are struggling to see how that could possibly be.

If I go in for therapy, will I have to take medication?

That depends on the kind of problem. Most problems don’t need medication. Only, if the therapist believes that there is also some chemical cause to the emotional distress he/she may refer you to a psychiatrist so that both medication and therapy conjointly work together for alleviating the distress.