You don’t have to be crazy to see a counsellor. What would Sex And The City be without Carrie and friends discussing their problems over cocktails? The foursome always went to each other for advice before anyone else. It’s a pretty realistic depiction of female friendship – women confide in mates during tough times. But is seeing a counsellor a more effective way to deal?
If struggling to cope with work pressure or dealing with a family member’s health problem is starting to affect other areas of your life, it’s a sign you could use some help. “When personal issues interfere with your wellbeing or affect your work and relationships, that’s probably the time to look at seeing someone.” Adams advises.
What happens when when you go see a counsellor
Counselling is very different to the lay-down-on-thelounge-and-tell-me-aboutyour-childhood stereotype. So what should you expect? “A lot of questions about the problem you’ve come with, and, towards the end of the session, the therapist should talk about a plan,” Adams explains. “The proposition should be very practical and focused on why the person is there, what the issue is and how to fix it.”
Where to begin
If you want to start seeing a counsellor your first stop should be your GP. Ask for a mental health referral, which means you’ll get most of the cost of a session back from Medicare. Some medical centres have in-house psychologists that bulk-bill, too. Another advantage of going through your doctor is that they’ll only refer you to a highly trained and qualified counsellor.
Adams suggests visiting the following websites:
Read part one 1 here.