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The idea of counselling can be daunting, and it may not be for everyone. There is perhaps a stigma attached to it; questions of why a person is receiving counselling, and whether something is wrong with them, not fitting into that cultural norm. It can also be viewed as a quick fix, for the counsellor to tell you what to do and give you direct advice. There may even be the thought that you do not need to put any effort into it. There can be many misconceptions about counselling.
That said, counselling is an option for anyone. There may be other options that one may have – the key is to know what options lay in front of you, and to choose what is best for you in the given circumstances.
By opting for counselling, this is not as daunting as it may sound. There is no set time limit involved. All you would need is yourself, your commitment to the scheduled session's and to be prepared to work on yourself internally.
The first step in counselling involves walking through your concerns to explore the issues affecting you, to feel heard. It is important to know that every relationship you have with a counsellor is strictly confidential.
Counselling is goal oriented, with goals discussed between you and your counsellor. Depending on what approaches are used, counselling can challenge you, to open you up to other perspectives of thought and/or action, to encourage you to grow. Sometimes you may find that you had all this within yourself, you just needed a little push in the right direction.
Ultimately, it is up to you to decide what changes you want and what actions to take for yourself. You are in the driving seat of the counselling journey, to be heard, to be empowered and to be the expert of your world.
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