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HOW CAN A PSYCHOLOGIST HELP ME THROUGH COUNSELLING?

Life is rarely without its challenges. There are some, however, that can be so overbearing that it seems impossible to move on. Whether it’s the death of a loved one or overwhelming feelings of anxiety, it’s important you know that help is available for every problem life throws your way.

Death is an unavoidable part of life, but that doesn’t make it any easier to deal with. Everyone handles the loss of a loved one—whether a parent or a pet—differently. Grieving openly or privately are common ways, but avoiding the realities of loss can lead to longer, lingering problems. A psychologist can help you find appropriate ways to cope with death of someone close to you.

help for happinessSome experiences in life are stressful, and many situations—from a job interview to relationship problems—can cause you to feel anxious. Stress and anxiety, if left to fester, can lead to social isolation, depression, and a slew of other problems. A psychologist can help you manage stress and anxiety by finding the source or cause of your problems, as well as appropriate ways to overcome them and symptoms of depression that you may be experiencing.
 
Being afraid of heights and spiders are common phobias, but some unusual and unfounded fears can create substantial problems in your life. For example, sitophobia (fear of eating) may lead to serious health problems. An experienced psychologist can help you begin to overcome your fears so that you can live without polyphobia (fear of many things) or phobopobia (fear of fear).
 
Relationships, whether family, personal, or work-related, have their ups and downs. While they can be some of the best things in life, relationships can definitely be a source of stress and problems as well. Working with a psychologist (individually or in a group setting) can help iron out wrinkles that can form even in the strongest relationships.
 
Some bad habits—smoking, drinking, and drug use—are often used to escape or self-medicate larger, underlying problems. While your psychologist will help you get to those, he or she can also help you tackle the problems immediately facing your health like addictions, eating disorders, stress management, or sleeping problems.

Some of the most successful people achieve their goals by first visualizing them. Athletes often mentally prepare for a competition with as much intensity as they physically train their body. Others use this technique to proactively prepare for challenging life events. Just as you would rehearse a speech before giving it, your psychologist can help you prepare for big events and help you perform at your best, whether it’s the Olympics or just a job interview.  

A psychologist can help you improve your mental clarity by acting as an unbiased set of ears. Often, patients find their own solutions just by hearing themselves talk about it out loud. Simply talking about their problems and getting them out in the open helps many people improve their mental clarity, be more able to concentrate, and become more task-orientated. Psychologists are trained to be good listeners.

Sometimes multiple symptoms are caused by larger problems. Mental disorders can manifest themselves in several ways and are often disguised as something else, and can only be uncovered with the help of a mental health professional assessment. Some mental disorders with varying symptoms include:

  • Bipolar Disorder
  • Major Depressive Disorder
  • Adjustment Disorder
  • Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

The biggest mistake that people make when they are struggling, is to believe that they can fix things all on their own and that noone else can help them.   People often commence counselling saying "I doubt that talking to you will make anything better", and yet complete counselling saying "I never thought it would change anything, thank you so much".   So if you are struggling ask yourself what have I got to lose?

 


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