Discovering the cost and value of counselling – or not!
Cash for Leisure
The Emotional Hit
During the leisure (pleasure) activity we can know we are feeling something of value (or not). We can share how much we’re enjoying the [add experience here…].
Thinking about the next day, the following weeks and months, how powerful are the emotions, not the memory, compared to the event at the time? Sadly, the emotions will be weak or nil, but at least we can remember that it was good, if it was!
Filling the Emotional Gap
It’ll be alright when…
It’ll be alright when I… get a partner, go on holiday, get the next car, house or home, latest tech-gadget, promotion, blah, blah.
The Value Proposition
What is it worth to us ‘if’ we can receive guidance and work collaboratively, in pursuit of new ways of thinking, behaving and ‘being’?
WHO (World Health Organisation) published a fact sheet on the types of illness requiring interventions – and the impact failing to manage them can have.
Consumer Reports published an unbiased report on the effectiveness of drugs versus talking therapy and found that whilst both helped, talking therapy held no significant side effects and was less “trial-and-error”.
“With or without drugs, most people who sought care for depression or anxiety gained relief. A survey of thousands of CR subscribers who recently received treatment for those conditions found that:
- A combination of talk therapy and drugs often worked best. But “mostly talk” therapy was almost as effective if it lasted for 13 or more visits.
- “Mostly drug” therapy was also effective for many people. Drugs had a quicker impact on symptoms than talk therapy, but it often took trial and error to find a drug that worked without unacceptable side effects.
- Forty percent of people who took antidepressants complained of adverse sexual side effects.
- Care from primary-care doctors was effective for people with mild problems, but less so for people with severe ones.(CR)”
Is That All?
I’m not suggesting that counselling, guidance, talking therapy (call it what you will) or drugs, are the panacea to all our ills and that once received we will never be psychologically challenged ever again; that would clearly be ridiculous! But receiving impartial, nonjudgementally facilitated guidance can and will, for those receptive, provide fresh insight, new perspectives and fertile ground for which to grow, ad infinitum.
Now, what would you pay for that? If you’re considering talking therapy for a persistent behaviour or negative, anxious thoughts, call or write now!
Here is an excellent 7 minute video introduction, by Dr Mark Widdowson, covering most of the questions people seeking a counsellor ask or want to consider. If you have remaining questions or want to hear from me personally to help your decision, this is most welcome too.