We all go through the mill from time to time, whether it be a breakdown of a relationship, the death of a loved one or someone close, depression, anxiety, stress at work or in the personal life, or ill health. It’s just a fact of life.
Many people try and cope alone, or deal with the stresses of life by just forging ahead, but for many others this is simply not an option and external help is needed to enable normal day to day functionality.
Counselling and therapy is a great tool which millions of people tap into daily. Therapists and counselors are an invaluable resource and should always be used in conjunction with consultation with your doctor.
Although the terms counseling and therapy are often used interchangeably, there is a difference between psychotherapy and psychological counseling. Counseling is also usually more short-term than therapy. Psychotherapy is more long-term than counseling and focuses on a broader range of issues.
It is not to be forgotten though, that for some, the thought of opening up to someone face to face is an intimidating prospect, for people who prefer complete anonymity charities such as the Samaritans are a life saver, literally. It is a way to get things off your chest without having to leave your home.
If you are struggling to find out the right help then you may wish to try an online resource such as BetterHelp. This is a great online service. All you need to do is fill out a short questionnaire to provide some general and anonymous background about you and the issues you’d like to deal with in online therapy. It helps them match you with the most suitable therapist. Your answers will also give the counselor a good starting point in getting to know you (click here for more info).
If you wish to try the Samaritans, you can visit their website here. And for information on services available on the NHS click here. For more local counselling in Birmingham try here as good point of reference.
Article by Simon Lucas for Grapevine Birmingham.