On this page, you can find the tips and tricks that can help you maintain your psychological well-being.
Counseling is a way to help people with a broad variety of mental and emotional difficulties. For the most part, it involves talking about an emotional difficulty with a trained therapist. Psychotherapist builds these conversations the way to help you with your challenge. You can work through any situation that lasts for a while and causes psychological discomfort in you. E.g., Mary often feels offended by her colleague’s comments. John is procrastinating his job by scrolling Instagram for hours. Elizabeth feels incapable of completing issues after receiving negative feedback. All these things are among the many reasons to consult a professional.
There is no problem that is too small to sign-up for a session. Anything that bothers you is a reason that is good enough to talk to a psychologist. Stop overthinking, just try it, because it works. Inca Digital wants to keep the team healthy and happy with their lives, that’s why we have counseling as one of our benefits.
How to choose counsellor? 🤔
- The first thing you’d want to check is higher education. It might be medical or psychological. Therapist with medical background (e.g. clinical psychologist) can be a better fit if you want to work on anxiety, fears, obsessive thoughts, depression.
- Training and certification program in the field of psychotherapy and psychological counseling according to international standards. It should last at least two years of continuous training in psychotherapy.
- Did the specialist have supervision and personal therapy? There are no standards, but it usually takes about 250-300 hours of personal therapy to achieve acceptable professional level.
Rule of the thumb: all in all, you should feel better after the session. Of all the factors in choosing a counsellor, finding one that you click with is perhaps the most crucial. Hundreds of studies show that the relationship between psychologist and client is crucial for the success of counselling. Don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time round. Sometimes it’s necessary to play the field a bit to find your perfect match 😉.
🚩 Counseling red flags
- Counselor is judgmental or critical of your behavior, lifestyle, or problems;
- Blames or encourages you to blame yourself/your family/friends/partner for what happened;
- You feel that his comments devalue your experiences and make it clear that they are insignificant;
- Puts pressure on you, forces you to do anything;
- Offers to maintain relationships outside of consultations;
- Therapist makes guarantees and/or promises (especially getting the fast result in 1-2 sessions);
- Tells about other clients during the session, leaving the opportunity to identify them;
- Offers free services outside of the charity organizations;
- Therapist talks excessively about personal issues and/or self-discloses often without any therapeutic purpose.
There is a number of appoaches in therapy counseling, and you might want to try several before finding the one that works for you. You can learn the basic information here.
Read more information about the process, first session, etc in the article Understanding therapy and how it works