At some point in our lives, we’ll likely seek to find a counselor to help us through an emotional, stressful, difficult, or challenging period. And using a counseling directory can put you in touch with the right counselor who’s qualified to help you and will give you the therapy you need.
If you’ve never needed a counselor, or any therapy before, finding a private counselor to help you can seem like a struggle. But because counseling can help many people in many ways, you must find a counselor you’re comfortable with, you trust, and who can help you with your individual needs.
Counseling for every area
Whatever issues or challenges you’re facing in your life, talking them over with a qualified counselor can prove decisive in helping you get through them. But when we talk about using a counselor’s services, it gives the impression that we may only need their help for the deepest of our mental health issues we need to resolve, such as depression or bereavement.
While that may be the case in many situations, those counselors can prove invaluable when you need it most, helping you overcome serious issues. But counselors can often help with other major life decisions in other areas, such as a career choice, or even to help you grow spiritually.
In these circumstances, a counselor’s life coaching skills will come into play. Helping you to look at a lighter but no less important issue more objectively. But whatever subject you need to discuss, however troubling for you, sessions with a counselor’s involvement can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings and bring positive change with the best outcome for you.
The reasons why you seek counseling can be of a sensitive, private, or intimate nature and might not be easy for you to talk about openly, especially to a stranger. But it may be equally as difficult talking about them to a close friend or family member. The fear of both of you feeling embarrassed as a result is quite probable, with the additional sense of burdening them with your own problems.
While that’s completely understandable, it might be harder to deal with for some than others. But while friends or family may have a biased viewpoint, talking to an experienced and trained professional will give you the distance you need to talk openly.
Professional therapists and counselors are qualified, not just to be a listening board for your problems but to give you unbiased guidance and a neutral perspective. They’ll help you resolve your issues over several sessions by talking openly, giving you the direction or coping methods. This is why finding a counselor that you’re comfortable with is an important part of your therapy.
But if you’re new to therapy, trying to find any counselor can be difficult, especially when you’re not sure what you’re really looking for. There will probably be quite a list of counselors to choose from in your area, so finding one that’s right for you will be tricky. Using the counseling directory from the National Counselling Society (NCS), a fully accredited counselor will be nearer than you think.
Using the counseling directory
Unless your GP has recommended you to a specific counselor or therapist, you’ll probably be looking for a private one by choice, more than likely using Google and searching your local area. This is fine and can give you many options as a result, but where do you start? And how do you know if they’re properly qualified to treat you effectively, or even qualified at all?
This is where the National Counselling Society (NCS) counseling directory can really help you. Using the extensive search options, you can enter criteria such as location or postcode to narrow down your search, helping you pinpoint the right counselor nearest to you. And if a friend or colleague has recommended a counselor to you, you’ll be able to find them directly to see if they specialize in the area you need.
When searching for counselors by location, you’re also able to further refine those results by choosing which specialism of therapy you need, such as trauma, anxiety, family, or mindfulness. This will narrow your results further still by filtering out any counselor who doesn’t match your requirement.
And as some patients prefer different types of counseling sessions, you’re also able to choose the type of session you need, such as face to face or telephone, as well as who the therapy is for – whether it’s for you, a friend, or a child. All the information in the counseling directory helps anyone make an informed decision on any therapist to make sure they’re the right one for them.
Your wellbeing guaranteed
Each session is designed to help you overcome difficult personal problems over a period of time. A good counselor will listen to what you have to say without talking over or down to you, asking relevant questions while showing empathy and understanding.
Using the counseling directory, you’ll be guaranteed to find a counselor who is an accredited registrant. The Professional Standards Authority accredits the directory, and all your search results will include only counselors who have been assessed and approved by the Authority.
That means they are fully qualified and trained in their respective specialist areas to treat you. And, if the time is right for you, their contact details are there so you can get in touch. Your wellbeing is the most important thing. By only choosing a counselor from the counseling directory, you’re guaranteed to receive treatment from practitioners who are genuinely able to help you.
For more information on the National Counselling Society and find the right counselor to help you, please visit thepage on our website, or call the team today on 01903 200666.