How can I tell if I really need counselling?

Your symptoms or difficulties don’t have to be of a particular severity for you to benefit from reaching out. Counselling sessions can also help you to simply gain more clarity on an issue, change some difficult behaviors or thought patterns, or even embark on a journey of creative self-discovery. You may seek counselling as a result of recent life changes, or because of a crisis, or you may be encouraged to seek counselling by family members, friends or colleagues.

It is important to realise that, though some people have distinct issues i.e symptoms — such as panic attacks or insomnia— many clients simply feel a lack of meaning and seek a sense of purpose in their lives. Also, it’s good to think of symptoms as signalling that an underlying problem exists and needs to be addressed.