As you navigate the maze of counselling training, especially in the midst of the cost-of-living crisis, personal therapy can be yet another expense which you might think about dropping.
However, this isn’t an option if you want to qualify as a counsellor or psychotherapist.
You might be asking the question: “Why do I even need personal therapy as part of my training?”
Imagine being a lifeguard who’s never learned to swim. Sounds a bit ludicrous, doesn’t it?
Personal therapy is like your mental and emotional gym, a place where you can work out how you relate to yourself and others. I remember when I was training to be a counsellor; you have to unlearn who you thought – and in some cases who others said – you were and become the best (or at the very least good-enough) version of yourself.
It’s a continuous journey, but finding the right therapist while you’re training can be incredibly helpful.
Personal therapy is where you untangle the messy emotional knots that might otherwise cloud your judgment when working with clients. Think of it as a sneak preview of the rollercoaster ride you’ll be guiding your future clients through. By confronting your own fears, anxieties, and insecurities, you’re better equipped to help others face theirs.
Why should you consider online therapy?
The Beauty of Online Therapy
Thanks to the internet, we can connect with therapists without leaving the cosy cocoon of our homes.
Online therapy isn’t just budget-friendly; it’s a time-saver too. No more braving the unpredictable British weather – or squishing yourself on to crowded public transport, just to make it to a session. With a stable internet or phone connection you’re all set to embark on your therapy journey.
A Safe Space to Vent and Reflect
As aspiring counsellors, we often forget that we’re human first and professionals second. Personal therapy is your designated safe space to vent, reflect, and recharge. It’s a judgment-free zone where you can unpack your thoughts, concerns, trials and triumphs.
Plus, personal therapy is your reality check – a reminder that counsellors are not superheroes. We have our own battles to face, and seeking help when we need it is a sign of strength, not weakness.
A Safe Space to De-compress
Some therapy sessions can leave you feeling extremely raw, anxious and distressed. Imagine if you had to then go back on the bus or train while trying to hold yourself together.
Online therapy can offer you that safe space to decompress after your session and before you have to face the normal day-to-day tasks.
So, as you navigate your way through the personal development groups, assignments and practical training, don’t forget to pencil in some time for your personal therapy sessions. It’s not just an investment in your future clients; it’s an investment in yourself. And in the age of online therapy, you don’t need to break the bank or leave your cosy spot to do it. Remember, you’re worth every moment of introspection, growth, and healing.
I offer online and telephone therapy to trainee counsellors for £35 per session.
Visit my website to book a discovery call – and together we’ll find the way through your trainee counselling journey.