Does counselling really help?

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I hope you can help me with this, I am currently attending private counselling sessions once a week to try and overcome my depression which I have been battling for some years now on my own (that didn't work)

I didn't want to take anti depressants as I worry this will only mask the issue so I chose therapy instead, however it has brought out memories that I would rather forget and I just leave feeling that pain that triggered my depression all over again, I literally feel ill when I come out.

I have only had 11 sessions so far but each one makes me cry and makes me wonder if it is making me worse as I certainly do not feel better, have any of you guys benefitted from counselling?

Thank you so much for any help, I feel very alone (and upset) in this


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    Hi, I've felt the same way about counselling. I am still waiting to receive counselling with the nhs but I do see a lady from the community mental health team once a month at my doctors and it's kind of like a counselling appointment. She just talks to me about how things are going and asks me loads of questions. I cry every time and come out crying, and have to walk back out through the waiting room crying my eyes out and feeling worse than when I went in. So I'm not very optimistic as to what it's going to be like when my counselling appointments come through.
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      I have read that the crying is part of the healing process and that once I get through that I can focus on fixing old wounds more clearly... It's taking a long time to work!

      i am sorry you are still waiting for an appointment, I was in the same boat but couldn't wait any longer so I pay to see someone, I am fortunate to have found a really nice person, however I think her kindness is also another reason I cry, it's the old "are you alright" trigger! I always so no

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    Yeah I've been waiting quite a while now but as I'm not that keen on it anyway I don't really mind, I'm skeptical about me finding it helpful. Oh dear that doesn't sound good sad.
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    Hi Pen

    For me counselling has been one of the best treatments i use. Not a person to open up to a complete stranger, i found the 1st few sessions upsetting and confusing. Now, i treat my counsellor like a friend who is there when i need her. I've been on AD's for over 5 years and am now weaning myself off them. Last week i had a whole week of downness, for what i thought was no reason. My sister felt the same and there was a reason for it. I've kind of dealt with this myself although i do hanker after another appointment with my private counsellor.

    I'd hang in there if i were you. As Sunset says, crying is a release of emotion. Counselling does go deep into your sub concious mind and i find now that i am relieved, unburden and totally knackered after my sessions.

    Best wishes.

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