As scary as counselling can seem, it is there to help you and you should try and get the most out of it. There is no point in wasting something that you’ve started to get help, and are possibly paying for. Get the most out of your time and your money, otherwise what is the point in going at all? Below I share my top tips on how to get the most out of your counselling to make it a more rewarding experience and help you get the most out of it all.
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Prepare to work on yourself during sessions
Counselling isn’t a magic fix and you won’t get better unless you’re willing to put the work in to yourself. A counsellor can give you advice and talk to you about whatever you want to talk about, but the advice will only work if you put it in to action. As people say, you can’t help someone who doesn’t want to be helped, so make sure you want to help yourself before signing up to counselling.
Be open to new ideas
Along with working on yourself, be open to new ideas when you’re doing so. The chances are that through counselling you’ll be introduced to new and seemingly wacky ways to help you get better and honestly? My best advice is to embrace them. You’ll be surprised when something like meditation helps you get through your worst panic attacks or down days.
Establish what YOU want out of counselling
It doesn’t matter what your counsellor wants, because they are there to help you get what you want, every counsellor I have ever seen has asked me what I want to get out of counselling and most of the time I answered “I don’t know” and guess what…it never helped me. If you go in with the intent of finding out how to prevent panic attacks, then that is your end goal and you have something to work towards. Which brings me to my next bullet point.
Track your progress
Had a good week? Write it down. Heck, I’d even suggest writing in a diary to keep a track of your progress. This can hep you to pin point possible triggers, the things that help you and even show you that you’re doing so much better than 3 months ago because progress can sneak up on you and before you know it you’ll have weeks without a bad day not even realising it and a diary is the best way to prove that to yourself.
Make use of people in your support network
Counselling is great and can help a lot, but the best support you will find is in your own support network. Because counselling is only for a short period of time each week (or whatever your schedule is) use the people around you. They love you and will give you the love and support you need. They can even help you implement the advice you get from your counsellor.
So those are my top tips to getting the most out of your counselling. If you want to learn more about counselling then head over to this link: https://www.betterhelp.com/advice/counseling/counselling-vs-counseling-is-there-a-difference/
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