Mental health - Using a counsellor

Fortunately mental illness is no longer a dirty word, and there help on offer. Having a counselor can be a lifesaver, especially if you suffer from self harm. This article looks at the whole topic of counselors, and is well worth a read.
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Feb. 22, 2012 - PRLog -- It seems that in America everyone has a therapist but evidence shows us that many people are reluctant in seeking help.

But if you did want to look for the services of a qualified counsellor to help with problems along the way, whether you need self harm support in Clacton, or depression counselling in Coventry or Chichester, there is bound to be an individual who can help you.

Experts tell us that mental health issues affect around 450 million people worldwide yet people still feel ashamed to seek support – for some, to seek support can seem as if they are showing weakness.

In Britain alone one in four adults will experience at least one diagnosable problem a year yet for every 300 people who need help, 70 of them will not seek help from their GP, that’s according to the Counselling Directory.

The term mental illness covers a whole spectrum of issues from anorexia, anxiety, depression or self harming, and all of them can have a seriously debilitating effect on an individual. Some have complete breakdowns after coping for years with their mental illness.

Others soldier on never really identifying their issues or trying to solve them but there are many outlets that exist – groups all over the country can offer guidance from self harm help in Clacton to organisations that offer hypnotherapy in Ipswich and beyond.

In Britain today, anxiety is the most common form of the mental health issues and it is anxiety depression that affects over 9 per cent of the population.

People experiencing anxiety suffer one or more of 100 symptoms, which can prove debilitating, such as a constant fear of being overwhelmed, of being trapped in a place with no exits, becoming dizzy, short of breath.

Identifying that you could do with seeing a counsellor is the first leap forward and is not an indication that you cannot cope. Many people see a counsellor to help them sort out something that is worrying them because they would rather not burden their family with the information.

Counselling is a way of helping you to deal with problems that are getting on top of you and getting in the way of you living your life the way you want to.

A good counsellor won’t tell you what to do or how to run your life, they will listen, support and challenge you so that you are able to come up with your own solutions.

Acquiring the help of a counsellor offers an individual the ability to off-load their worries in a safe environment. It’s confidential, so they are not going to blab your innermost thoughts to your neighbour. There are different types of counselling available, too, from individual, group, family, couple and these days online and telephone counselling.

The experts’ advice is to find a counsellor who is registered with a recognised professional body and one that specialises in your area of need. While there are no laws in the UK regarding counselling and psychotherapy there are some guidelines. These are that in order to practice, counsellors should have completed at least an appropriate diploma, or completed a minimum of 400 hours therapy training.

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