Counselling is useful in a variety of ways, for working through difficult stuff, for support, for focusing on things too difficult to face alone, too private to share with friends and family, or for saying things out loud which you’ve never said out loud before.
Person-centred counselling is a way of sorting things out from the inside and therefore, in my experience, of making changes that last. By helping my client listen more closely to themselves, something they may never have truly done before, they learn a new skill which they can keep and which helps them make better decisions which are more suited to them and the future they seek. But don’t just take my word for it.
In a survey by the British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy in 2010, it was found that 94% of us now think it’s ok seek counselling for anxiety and depression. One in five of us had consulted a counsellor or psychotherapist at some time, and 88% of people thought it should be available on the NHS. My experience of working as a counsellor in an NHS GP centre certainly proved the value of counselling and demonstrated the connection between health and happiness. The doctors within the practice were also enthusiastic about the contribution counselling made to their service.
Here’s a quote from the research findings: ‘ … nearly 95% of those polled believe that “it is a good idea to seek counselling or psychotherapy for a problem before it gets out of hand”, while 88% thought that “people might be happier if they took action to talk to a counsellor or psychotherapist about their problems”‘
For the Guardian article on the BACP survey, follow this link: Guardian article
And for statistical evidence on the effeciveness of counselling from BACP itself, follow this one: BACP research