Counselling is not at all limited but is actually an umbrella term for varied areas of life problems that it provides an effective and a long term solution for.
From problems like abuse in any form, addiction, anger, loss, depression, eating disorders to dealing with low self esteem, confidence, relationships, stress, trauma and PTSD, counselling has proven to be very helpful in providing treatment. By actively and rationally listening to your problems, a certified trained counsellor in specific areas of counselling, can help you deal with your problems in a more healthy way. Otherwise, such issues can prove detrimental to your growth as an individual.
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Abuse is often referred to as improper treatment or behaviour in order to gain benefit. Abuse can be present in any form - it can be emotional, mental, physical and even sexual in relationships, marriage, domestic life, between married couples, in schools, workplaces and other areas of life.
The abuser used his power to dominate or gain control over the victim. It is true that sometimes it takes very long to even recognise that you are a victim of abuse and this has a very strong negative impact in your life. In later stages of life it can develop serious trust, low esteem, depression and in some extreme cases even suicidal tendencies. Therefore, if you are in an abusive relationship, can read the subtle signs or know someone who is being abused in family, work life or friends circle, it is very important to seek help from a certified counsellor.
When you develop psychological and physical dependence on substances, drug, any activity like smoking, sex, work, gambling, exercise and shopping, it is called addiction.
With time, when their addiction starts taking over their life, it leads to distorted thinking, life threatening behaviour and bodily functions. Studies have shown that long term substance abuse can lead to poor judgements, decision making learning, memory and behaviour control. But with the help of a certified counsellor, one can receive a long term effective treatment for their addictions and lead productive life.
It is also seen that people with addiction are also aware of their problems and unable to stop it because there have been chemical changes in the brain that just cannot stop the urge to use of the substance and become the cause of many preventable illnesses and premature deaths. So, the first step to treating any kind of addiction is to recognise it and seek help for an addiction counselling expert. Your counsellor will suggest your best therapeutic treatment, hospitalisation if necessary and the best outpatient program.
It is very important to control anger before it controls you. While on one hand, anger is a very normal and healthy emotion but like any emotion - it is conveying a message that the situation is upsetting, unjust and even threatening.
And, if you are dealing with chronic anger, and usually express it in a way it harms yourself or others. And the truth is that anger does more damage to yourself than others. You might think that venting your anger is all healthy but only if your anger is justified.
So, if you think you have uncontrollable anger issues then, speak to a certified anger management counsellor who will treat your fury with psycho-therapeutic programs that are specially designed for anger management. The therapist will sit and talk to you and identify your self-defeating negative thoughts that flares up your anger.
Bereavement and loss counselling is typically done on children and adults alike to overcome a major change such as loss of loved ones in their life. The major job of a grief counsellor is to comfort a grieving person by understanding and listening when they avoid people out of shame and awkwardness.
While different people handle loss in different ways, there is no particular set stage and requires help when the person thinks there is no meaning to life without the existence of the lost loved one.
And, guilt can be a real problem in overcoming grief over loss because we tend to blame ourselves. So, with the help of a trained certified grief counselor, one can get help to stop continually burdening our lives with grief, rather live a fulfilling life. Your online counselling session will help provide an organised outlet and a regular ritual to honor the lives of your loved one.
Depression is when everything in life seems hard. Often described as a mood disorder, the overt feeling of sadness, loss, or anger that interfere with a person’s everyday activities - depression tends to take away a major chunk of your life.
People who experience depression experience it in different ways and gradually it starts to interfere with your daily work, resulting in lost time and lower productivity. It can also influence relationships and some chronic health conditions.
Therefore, it is very important to talk and find help from top depression counsellors in India because depression is treatable. With proper support and psychotherapy like CBT, interpersonal psychotherapy, and problem-solving treatment, among others depression is treatable.
Eating disorders are not just about food, but a more complex mental health issue that often require medical and psychological intervention. Your irregular eating habits, severe stress and body weight issues are the most common signs of eating disorders.
Anorexia, Binge Eating Disorder, Bulimia, and Compulsive Eating Disorder are some of the most common forms of eating disorders. They can appear in both males and females and at any stage of life - be it childhood, adulthood or old age. Although every kind of eating problem is treatable.
It is important to note that if left untreated, the consequences and symptoms are deadly and can lead to anxiety, substance abuse and even depression. Your counsellor can help you understand the severity and complexity of the condition, understand the underlying cause and at the same time, give a comprehensive treatment plan based on the severity of your case.
Just remember that your low self esteem and confidence issues are not your fault and it can be dealt with. Sometimes it is in your genes, cultural background, childhood experiences and other situations in life like abuse, bullying, harassment or trauma that play a major role in depreciating a person’s self esteem and confidence.
There is plenty a trained counsellor can do to get back on track and develop confidence. If your low self esteem is burdening you with mental health issues, it is time that you seek help from a trained counsellor because it can lead to anxiety and even depression.
A counsellor will help you identify the negative thoughts, help you to challenge them, be kind to yourself, start saying no, look for what you are good at and start building positive relationships.
Relationship counseling - be it couples counseling, divorce counselling, issues around sex, intimacy and infidelity can be dealth with the hep of a highly trained counsellor.
All relationships have ups and downs and with effective communication, these little issues can be solved. But what if these issues have been on-going for a long time and there is no respect for each other in the relationship. What if there are fights and arguments instead of a healthy discussion? What if your partner is cheating on you?
You fight in front of your children. These are signs that your relationship needs help from a trained certified couples counseling counsellor who can effectively open lines of communication between couples. If you are unable to overcome relationship stress, and looking for a way to move forward you need a safe space to talk about your problems because ending the relationship is not the only solution.
Stress is your body’s way of responding to any threat. It is normal that when you sense danger - whether real or imagined - your body gets into defence and generates an automatic response of flight-or-fight, which is often referred to as a stress response.
Stress in an adequate amount keeps you focussed, energetic and alert. But if it rises to unimaginable levels when you get so used to it that you start to feel that it is the normal response - this is where it starts affecting you negatively. It takes a heavy toll on you.
Your counsellor can help you read the common warning signs and symptoms of stress overload. Some of the most common symptoms that you need to look out for if you have been experiencing stress are memory problems, inability to concentrate, poor judgement, seeing only negative, depression, anxiety and agitation, moodiness, loneliness among the few. When under stress, one can also experience aches and pains, diarrhoea or constipation, nausea, dizziness, chest pain, loss of sex drive, substance abuse and others.
Trauma as we know is an emotional response to a terrible event. The even could be an accident, rape, abuse, violence, war, attack or even a natural disaster.
While shock and denial are typical immediate responses, long term reactions are unpredictable emotions, flashbacks, strained relationships and even physical symptoms like headaches or nausea. And, here, if people are undergoing trauma, a psychologist can really help.
It is important to understand that emotional and psychological trauma is natural in case of extraordinary stressful events so much that it even shatters your sense of security, making you feel helpless in a dangerous world. And, a counsellor can help you deal with your upsetting emotions, memories, and anxiety that won’t go away.
Rather than feeling numb, disconnected, and unable to trust other people, it is important that you come out and seek help because if you are frightened and helpless, the more likely you are to be traumatized. When you take trauma counselling, your counsellor will help you fight with your negative thoughts, rebuild trust and regulate strong emotions.
Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is another mental health problem that is often triggered by a terrifying event like abuse, broken family, loss, divorce, etc. that happened in the past.
It can happen to a person who has either experienced it or also to people who have just been a witness to it like wartime. Some of the symptoms of PTSD include flashbacks, nightmares and severe anxiety, as well as uncontrollable thoughts about the event.
And, if people find it difficult adjusting or coping with such traumatic events that happened you need time and take good care of yourself. Still if the symptoms get worse or last for months and sometimes, even years, and start to interfere with your day-to-day functioning, you may have PTSD.
You need to consult a trained psychologist who can give effective treatment that can significantly reduce symptoms and improve function. So, you have been having intrusive memories, avoidance, negative changes in thinking and mood, and changes in physical and emotional reactions - high chances are that you have PTSD. And you need to find help from top counsellors in India to get your life back under control.
Educational, vocational and personal growth are three major areas of counselling under which you have different types of counselling including relationship, trauma, PTSD, eating disorder, stress, anxiety, substance abuse and more.
The basic goal of counselling is to facilitate positive change in the behavior, improving client’s ability to maintain relationships, enhancing client’s ability to cope and improve decision making.
In counselling, there are main 5 stages - disclosure, in-depth exploration, commitment, intervention and evaluation. The counsellor will suitably suggest psychotherapy like CBT or talk therapy based on your mental health condition.
"you are searching for the magic key that will unlock the door to the source of power, and yet you have the key in your own hands, and you may make use of it the moment you learn to control your thoughts." ~ Napoleon Hill