Benefits of Counselling

The counselling process is, in many ways, like an educational experience. The client not only learns more about themselves, but also acquires new skills. Sometimes, counselling involves learning more about a particular condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders) by which the client is affected, so that they can better understand treatment options. Below are some examples of what an individual can gain from counselling:The counselling process is, in many ways, like an educational experience. The client not only learns more about themselves, but also acquires new skills. Sometimes, counselling involves learning more about a particular condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders) by which the client is affected, so that they can better understand treatment options.

Below are some examples of what an individual can gain from counselling:

  • improved communication and interpersonal skills
  • greater self-acceptance and self-esteem• ability to change self-defeating behaviours/habits
  • better expression and management of emotions, including anger• relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
  • increased confidence and decision-making skills
  • ability to manage stress effectively
  • improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities

Research suggests that counselling effectively decreases patients’ depression and anxiety and related symptoms—such as pain, fatigue and nausea. Counselling has also been found to increase survival time for heart surgery and cancer patients, and it can have a positive effect on the body’s immune system. Research increasingly supports the idea that emotional and physical health are very closely linked and that counselling can improve a person’s overall health status.There is convincing evidence that most people who have at least several sessions of counselling are far better off than untreated individuals with emotional difficulties. One major study showed that 50 percent of patients noticeably improved after eight sessions while 75% of individuals in counselling improved by the end of six months.

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