Psychological counselling is a professional helping relationship that is therapeutic in nature. People seek help from professional psychologists, when their capacities for responding to demands, of life are strained, when desired growth seems undesirable, when important decisions elude resolution, and when natural support systems are unavailable and insufficient.
The purpose of counselling is to empower the client to cope with life situations, to reduce, emotional stress, to engage in growth- producing activity, to have meaningful interpersonal relationships, and to make effective decision.
A very popular misconception about counselling or seeing a psychologist is that counselling is only constricted to people with a psychiatric diagnosis. This stigma associated with taking counselling sessions, frightens many people, who are in need of help to actually take help when they need it the most, making people suffer in silence for years, despite of having severe issue.
Another popular misconception in India with most people is, even if they get an appointment with a psychologist, and go and take a first session, they expect their issue to get resolved as soon as they become vocal about their issues, also this is the session where the client has not even spoken, about the issues that scare them the most, they are busy judging the psychologist, if they can resolve their issues.
Counselling is a process, where the first session, is dedicated to case taking and trust building, between the therapist and the client, because without trust, there would be no helping relationship. The process of counselling also requires the client to work in partnership with the therapist, as the therapist takes the clients through each session, the client will slowly gains insight into their long standing issue, once the client has gained insight into issues, the client has to take enough initiative, to begin to work on their emotions, or conditions creating these issues.
A few benefits of counselling