Common issues for psychology counselling therapy - Depression, Anxiety, Relationship & marriage problems, Abuse, Grief, Loss, Anger management, Stress & worry - Red Couch Psychologists Melbourne

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What outcomes can I expect from counselling?

How can counselling, therapy, and psychology services help?

Counselling outcomes vary from person to person, depending on a range of factors such as client's motivation, openness to change, how hard the client is willing to work, the counsellor's knowledge, skills, and experience, how well the counsellor's and client's philosophies and theories about the issue are aligned, goodness of fit between counsellor and client, as well as current circumstances in the client's life which may either assist or hinder changes the client is trying to make.

Having said this, counselling and psychological therapy can be immensely beneficial. Counselling and psychological therapy can help by allowing you to gain:
  • Greater insight & understanding
  • New ways of looking at a problem or issue
  • Psycho-education and greater knowledge of human behaviour & human nature
  • Targeted strategies to assist in the effective management of a problem or issue
  • Hope and confidence that a symptom, problem or issue can be managed differently
  • Reduced severity, frequency, duration and impact of presenting issues
Many people report immense benefits and personal rewards from having attended counselling and engaged in therapy, having developed a better understanding of the psychology underlying an issue. These benefits often include:
  • A reduction in stress and distressing symptoms
  • Increased hope and a more positive outlook on life
  • Increased sense of control
  • Increased confidence and self-esteem
  • Increased sense of relief at having released a burden
  • Greater focus and direction
  • Increased sense of happiness and fulfilment
  • Increased sense of life satisfaction
  • Greater enjoyment of life
  • Greater enjoyment and connection in close personal relationships
  • A sense of pride and accomplishment at having mastered a personal challenge
  • A sense of peace and relief at having let go of a past trauma or pain
  • Increased health benefits
And many more...

Therapy is a process of examining ourselves, our behaviours, emotions, relationships, and inner most thoughts closely and deeply. As such this process can be confronting and raise difficult emotions and internal conflicts. This may initially make an issue more intense before it can get better. Your therapist will assist you in developing skills and tools to sit with and work through difficult emotions and empower you to make the necessary changes to assist you in enhancing your well-being and support your life goals.

While most clients find counselling immensely beneficial and life-changing, success cannot be guaranteed and depends on a range of factors including how open you are, how committed you are to therapy, how hard you are prepared to work, the fit between you and your psychologist, environmental factors related to what else is happening in your life at the time, and how committed you are to change. Counselling is a process that leads you to look at life's challenges and personal issues closely and, as such, can have risks associated with it due to the exposure to, at times, intense and difficult feelings and thoughts being explored. These risks may include a wide range of strong emotions and thoughts, feeling tired or drained, headaches, nausea, or other physical and emotional symptoms. If you experience any of these symptoms at any time, please let your psychologist know. It is important to give your psychologist feedback about how you are experiencing sessions, the intensity and focus of sessions as well as how on target discussions are for you, so that you can get the best possible result from your therapy sessions.