The Benefits of Counseling
There are a number of things in life that can disrupt the state of your emotional wellbeing. These disruptions can give rise to feelings such as sadness, stress and anxiety. The state of your mental health influences your physical wellbeing. For example, stress and anxiety can cause insomnia. Not getting enough rest can then lead to other problems. One way or another, our emotions affect our physical wellbeing, sometimes in a small way, other times these emotions affect us more severely.
The same goes for your physical health which can also affect your mental health. It is not uncommon that people with serious chronic illnesses also have to deal with poor mental health, such as dealing with depression.
Simply put, your poor physical health can give rise to poor mental health, and poor mental health can also lead to poor physical health.
Types of Counseling Services Available
There are a number of counseling options available. This could include:
- Individual counseling
- Family counseling
- Groups Counseling
With the help of your counselor, you can decide which of the service options would suit your needs. At times, some individuals might require a combination of these services. But Sarah Rumpf, MA, LPCC reminds people that “Counseling is an investment that requires commitment. You will be spending time, money, and emotional energy to process and/or solve problems.”
There are also a number of different therapists available and each offers you a different treatment plan. It is therefore important that you consider the options of therapy and find what best suits your needs before making a decision. These include:
Good Mental Health =Good Physical Health
Maintaining good mental health will have a positive effect on your physical wellbeing. Speak to your healthcare providers and learn all you can about your cancer and the treatment. Knowledge is power. Knowing what to expect and learning how to deal and manage the obstacles your illness might present will help you feel less out of control. Never give up. Keep trying. Remember to “take a mental health day, take time off from work and refuel & recharge, whatever that looks like for you personally.” As Audra J Lee LMFT advice.
The Importance of Counseling
Counseling is not a quick fix but rather about self-discovery. With counseling, you will learn to arm yourself with the tools and knowledge to effectively deal with the emotions and challenges that can come with cancer. With support and guidance, you will learn to develop the skills you will need to deal with the emotions you could be feeling during this time.
Being able to deal with your emotions will also result in better relationships with friends and family. Speaking to family and friends is often not easy to do when you are dealing with your own emotions, but with the assistance of counseling you will have better control over how you feel.
With counseling, you will also learn to cope with what is still to come. Doctor appointments, testing and treatment can be challenging times, and also extremely emotional times. Knowing how to deal with what you will be feeling helps you manage the things you can control. Chris Oneth LMFT says that “Connecting with a therapist can help you get through the “groundhog day” of never-ending cycles where you feel continually defeated.”
“Many doctors encourage their patients to seek out a therapist after a diagnosis of cancer. In counseling, many people are able to explore ways to cope with their diagnosis, manage any emotional concerns—such as depression, anxiety, anger, and confusion—that may result after receiving news of their illness, and discuss ways to address and cope with any life changes that may occur during the treatment process. For example, many of those diagnosed with cancer may fear becoming unable to work and losing their income and health insurance. Those with families may experience distress over sharing the news with a partner or spouse and any children they may have.” Goodtherapy.org