There are times in life when we all need support. Often we can get this by talking to our partner, family or friends about what’s worrying us. In some cases though, it is beneficial to speak to an expert – someone who is trained to help, like a counsellor or psychotherapist.
Talk therapy (counselling) has proven to be incredibly helpful for Teachers for a range of concerns. Even if you don’t identify as having a mental health condition, talking to someone objective about your worries away from school, can help you cope with everyday stresses. We all know as teachers that our lives are tough and can particularly hard on those with suffering with stress, anxiety or depression.
“Counselling is a type of talking therapy that allows a person to talk about their problems and feelings in a confidential and dependable environment.
A counsellor is trained to listen with empathy (by putting themselves in your shoes). They can help you deal with any negative thoughts and feelings you have.
Sometimes the term “counselling” is used to refer to talking therapies in general, but counselling is also a type of therapy in its own right.
“In 2016 Time to Change surveyed over 7,000 people living with mental health issues. Of those 7,000 over half said they find it easier now to talk about their mental distress than ever before. 60% also said they felt as if a “weight had been lifted” once they opened up and talked about their condition.”