What is counselling?

Counselling is a process where you talk to someone about your thoughts and feelings. A counsellor is someone who won’t judge you, and will try to understand you. Counselling can help in a few ways:

·         You can unload your problems onto someone who will listen

·         You can speak to someone un-biased, who’s not part of your life

·         It’s confidential, so everything you talk about is private

·         You can understand your problems better

·         You can think of possible solutions together

So yes, it can be very good for you. But also remember…

Counselling can feel difficult, because you talk about things that are bothering you. Sometimes we have to feel worse before we can start feeling better.

Counselling can’t solve all your problems. It can’t change who your family is, or what happened in your past. It can just help you feel more in control to deal with your life, as it is.

Counselling is not for everyone. Some people prefer to work on their problems in other ways, like talking to friends or family, writing about it, or thinking it through on their own. That’s fine too. But there is no shame in going to a counsellor for help. It’s just one way to deal with your problems.

If you think you might want to try counselling or psychotherapy, go to your nearest clinic and ask if there are any counselling services there. Counselling is usually done by a psychologist, social worker or counsellor. If there are no counselling services close to you, you can call Lifeline on 0861 322 322 or SADAG on 011 234 4837. For more about your mental health, check out our article “Good & bad mental health”

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