Counselling: The First Step Towards Solving Problems And Recovery

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psychologistIt’s true that the first step towards resolving a problem is coming to grips with the fact that there is a problem to begin with.

However, this first step is never easy because no one really wants to admit that there is something wrong.

Be it fear of change or pride or whatever reason, asking someone if they have a problem is rarely met without the other party being defensive.

It’s even harder when you’re the one asking yourself. Sure, you’ve finally seen the need to ask the question but will you answer it honestly?

Without anyone looking, it’s easier to succumb to lying and pretend that everything is fine. This will work only for so long though and eventually reality will catch up with you.

And when it does, what do you do? Fortunately, help is available when you need it. No matter how low you may think you’ve gone, there will always be a hand ready to pull you out and help you get you back on your feet.

Getting started

Anything that needs doing needs a start. It doesn’t even have to be about fixing a problem, and yet taking the first step can be just as scary. As such, don’t consider your interest in counselling help as negative.

There is nothing wrong with asking for help. It’s not a sign of weakness. Think of it as a means of improving yourself, a means for becoming the best person you can be.

No one will find fault in your efforts to become better. On the contrary, it is something to be celebrated. And to ensure that you go down the right path towards getting better, you have to make sure that you turn to the right people for help.

Ask around. Have the people you trust ask around. Making this move is very scary so you can at least allay some of your fears by making sure you’re in good hands.

What to expect

While counselling clinics have general service offerings, your case will be approached uniquely since all cases are different from each other. When you come in for a consultation, a counsellor will talk to you about your needs.

Use this time to get a feel of the place to determine if you’d be comfortable enough to entrust them with your healing. The counsellor will ask you questions but you can ask questions yourself.

Apart from an interview, you will also be subjected to a series of psychological tests to give the counselling clinic a better understanding of your condition.

When all results are in, you will be invited to a feedback session where you will be provided with the results alongside appropriate recommendations as to how you may move forward.

Through consultation and assessment, you should be enlightened about what’s happening to you, why it is happening, and what you can do about it. If it will make you feel more comfortable, feel free to bring a friend or loved one when you come in for a feedback session.

Dr. Bob Connolly is a licensed psychologist in Southern California who specialized in therapy assessment and counseling

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