How Counselling Can Promote Positive Mental Health

FAQs: How Counselling Helps

  • Counselling allows individuals to feel heard and understood, and their feelings validated, by a non-judgemental, impartial outsider. This may be the first time they've had this.
  • Reinforces positive self-esteem, and encourages positive internal conclusions that the individual's needs are important, matter, and deserve to be validated.


Once one positive outcome is obtained from counselling, motivation improves to continue sharing, and continue overcoming negative perceptions and conclusions.

Positive change encourages more positive change.

  • Counselling can help identify patterns of avoidance or delay, that may be preventing real progress on underlying issues, and address them.
  • Promotes a greater understanding and self-awareness of thoughts and internal representations that consistently lead to a negative outcome
  • Provides practical tools and techniques allowing the individual to identify and cope better with thought patterns that would previously have led to negative conclusions of self and others
  • Helps individuals become aware of their own self-talk, and how to question it


- Promotes fairer and more balanced conclusions about self

- Encourages more realistic comparisons of self against self, instead of self against others

  • Allows those living in isolated or difficult circumstances, to improve perspective on specific events and patterns of events, and gain context they would find difficult to obtain in their normal environment.
  • Allows individuals to take a more balanced, helpful perspective upon challenging events or circumstances
  • An experienced counsellor won't allow difficult feelings to be run from, or dismissed - they recognise that pain is usually the source of the greatest healing opportunities, and help in addressing it, and resolving it, for the better. This usually helps overcome long standing issues, that would not otherwise be addressed by friends, family, etc.
  • Helps us see the clear connection between the thoughts, beliefs and conclusions we have about events, and the negative behaviours these can lead to.
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  • Allows individuals to express and give voice to internal concerns, worries, and self-talk, without worry that they will walk out or leave them as a result.

  • Taking part in counselling allows you to share your feelings, with someone properly trained and equipped to deal with it, and help you. Often times friends are not appropriately equipped, and unable to handle the issues or negativity brought up. Addressing serious issues with a therapist can save *both* your mental health, and that of your loved ones and friends.
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  • Reinforces positive perspective and conclusions of deservingness - "I deserve to be heard" "This is my time to be heard", etc
  • A therapist has the insight to ask the right questions at the right moment, to provide the needed contrast, to enable positive realisations, and breakthroughs, to happen. A friend or loved one cannot provide this, and doesn't have the training to do so.

Faster Change

- A counsellor helps you identify and deal with problems of perception, quicker, and more accurately, than venting to a friend, as they have professional training, experience, and no previous personal connection with you, that might get in the way of honesty.

- Since a counsellor has no personal investment in their relationship with you, their impartiality means you get to meaningful insights - and better mental health - faster.

Our counsellors adhere to the BACP code of ethics and practice.

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