Counselling is a talking therapy that involves a trained therapist listening to you and helping you find ways to deal with emotional issues. It never gives you advice how to manage or handle your problem or prescribe medication, but it helps you to find solutions to your problem by your own.
Counselling is surrounded by lots of stigmas. It is common for people to think that those who visit counsellors are in some way “less than” people that do not require this type of treatment. Infact counselling can be beneficial for everyone, not just to those who specifically need it to treat issues such as anxiety, depression, doubt/ lack of confidence, anger and more.
Raagam Consulting therapist in counselling helps client to explore aspects of their life and feelings, by talking openly and freely. Talking like this is rarely possible with family or friends, who are likely to be emotionally involved and have opinions and biases that may affect the discussion. Talking to a counsellor gives clients the opportunity to express difficult feelings such as anger, resentment, guilt, and fear in a confidential environment.
If provided by trained professionals, it can make a profound impact on the lives of individuals, families and communities. This service helps people navigate difficult life situations, such as the death of a loved one, divorce, natural disasters, school stress, corporate life problems, affair issues and the loss of a job. It provides the tools and insights to manage mental health issues, such as anxiety and depression. Ultimately, counselling empowers people to lead healthy and fulfilling lives.
There are in major 5 types of Counselling :
Marriage and Family Counselling :
Marriage counselling can be worthwhile for any couple who wants to find ways to make their partnership better. It can be helpful at various points in a relationship and can address a wide variety of issues that might exist in a marriage. Couples who want to work on changing themselves can also benefitted.
When you are having challenges in communicating with each other - there are fights, resentment or other unpleasantness, difficulties in dealing with in-laws, money, career, parenting etc then you can seek for marriage and family counselling.
Generally, in marriage and family counselling the length of a session can vary, but 75 to 90-minute sessions are pretty standard for performing couples therapy or marriage counselling on a weekly basis. 50-to-60-minute sessions are generally for individuals and can be too short for couples.
You are planning a marriage and want to be better informed (pre-marital counselling). It makes you more mature to deal with your completely new life ahead.
Educational Counselling :
A student who is fresh out of school or college is often clueless as to which career to choose. This is completely normal for kids of that age to feel like that. Furthermore, sometimes even working individuals feel like that during their midst of careers. This is nothing to worry about. Educational counselling helps these people in choosing their career path. We conduct seminars and orientations or private sessions where we discuss the interest of their client and offer solutions accordingly.
Along with helping a student throughout their academic journey and their quest towards fulfilling their career aspirations, Raagam consulting also assists the student in developing vital career skills as well as bettering their organisational and time management skills. We also identify issues that might be hindering student performance, achievement as well as personality development and advise accordingly on how to tackle those issues in an effective manner.
Rehabilitation Counselling :
This type of counselling refers to a practice where the counsellor helps people with their emotional and physical disabilities. Furthermore, we teach these people the ways to live independently and maintain gainful employment. It evaluates the strength and limitations of their patients. In short, they help people in guiding them and assisting them to lead independent lives with move on attitudes.
Mental Health Counselling :
Mental illnesses have become very common these days. Awareness has helped people identify the symptoms of it and visit mental health counsellors. Mental health counselling helps people deal with issues that impact their mental health and well-being. Some of the mental illnesses are depression, PTSD, ADHD, Bipolar disorder, and more. This counselling focuses on these issues and helps in resolving them for a healthier life.
Substance Abuse Counselling :
Substance abuse counselling is a form of counselling which helps people in treating them and supporting them from breaking free from their drug and alcohol addiction. It helps people discuss the cause of this addiction and reach to the root of it. Raagam counsellor thereby suggests coping strategies which make a positive impact on client lives. Moreover, we also provide with practicing skills and behaviours skills which helps in their recovery to great extent.
In our counselling technique we allow people to work through their problems and lead a happier and healthier life. There is no shame in taking counselling sessions as it only helps in the growth of an individual. In addition, counselling also helps save lives.
Counselling has become a social stigma and people generally demean it and gets reluctant to visit a counsellor or to take help of a counsellor in any way.
It is wrong, world is changing and so is our life. With increase in competition and race of earning more money for lavish lifestyle we usually ignore ourself and are living with the same old practices.
Below are the MYTHS and FACTS regarding counselling -
FACT: As noted above, counseling deals with and focuses on –
- Wellness and Personal growth,
- Career and Education.
- Empowerment and work concerns,
- Interpersonal problems (difficulties in relationships, marriage, family, etc.),
- Coping with stress and trauma,
- Identity difficulties and development,
- Mental illness or physical health concern,
- Finding meaning/purpose in life,
- Adjustment issues,
- Social justice and advocacy for the oppressed,
- Educating and bringing awareness in people regarding mental health i.e. psycho-education, and
- Impact of environment like culture and gender shaping people’s experience and concerns.
FACT: Seeking help and going to a counsellor shows that you are willing to learn more about yourself and improve your life. And this is an achievement in itself because it takes strength to overcome the stigma and proactively look after yourself. Like the quote in the picture above, it might be difficult to look beyond what other people think but beyond that is where beautiful journeys and destinations lie. Plus, once you are at the counsellor’s clinic, confidentiality and privacy are the utmost priorities.
FACT : Is looking after yourself, trying to manage your problems ever a sign of weakness? Then, how is seeking help from a professional to do the exact same thing, a sign of weakness? A counselor would not be solving your problems for you; counseling will unwrap the strength you have within you that shall help you solve your own problems. Counseling is in fact a source of strength and a catalyst promoting well-being.
FACT : Remember how being in an actual maze and finding the way out is so much more difficult than solving a maze on a paper or a book? That is because when you are in an actual maze, you cannot see the entire challenge to find a way out. But while solving it on a paper, you can trace each road and see if they are leading the desired destination.
Same is with counseling, when you are in a difficult time, your mind might occupy itself with only a part of the problem. It may miss out on details and resources that are crucial in helping you solve them. But when a professional looks at your situation, he/she will see it from a bird-view and know exactly what will help you in handling that challenge. Plus, counseling has shown to work efficaciously for all kinds of problem time and again. Counselors have experience and skills that will help you excel in specific areas of life.
FACT : Counseling is not a quick fix or a shortcut to get solutions to all your problems; it may sometimes be difficult to open up about things in the past or to work through challenges. Some emotions might surface and cause trouble. Also, counseling requires honesty; not just with the counselor but also with yourself which might be tough for many.
Counseling acquaints individuals with skills necessary to deal with a problem, which can be used even after the process of counseling ends. It is like a lifelong learning. But when should one go for counseling?
The answer is simple – whenever any type of mental health concern or emotional concern affects your daily life functioning and causes distress, counseling is recommended. Generally in India, it is seen that people seek counseling as a last resort after they have taken time to see if situation is changing or if they are feeling better just with the support of friends and family. This is a natural tendency but waiting too long before the difficulty gets worse is detrimental.
We have highly trained and experienced team of Best Counselors in Pune to help and can be contacted through direct dialing or sending enquiry mail.