One to One Alcohol Counselling
Determining the most beneficial form of counselling for you or your loved one is integral to deciding between alcohol rehab centres. Group counselling involves receiving psychological help at the same time as a group of other people with the same problem and one to one counselling involves just the patient and the counsellor. The benefits of one to one counselling are that the person does not have to worry about how they look in front of a peer group, and gets undivided attention from a professional.
One to one counselling is generally more suitable for people who are uncomfortable in social situations. Some people might find it difficult to honestly discuss their issues in front of a group of strangers, which could result in not receiving the level of help truly needed. You might worry about what other people think about you, or showing weakness in front of somebody. Likewise, you might strongly like or strongly dislike somebody in your group, which could impact on your degree of honesty.
Whilst there are definite social benefits of group counselling, one to one counselling is the best option if you feel uncomfortable in that situation. The aim of alcohol counselling is to get you to open up about your addiction and the factors which led to it, so you can identify what you need to do to get better. Talking about the issues openly is absolutely vital to receiving effective care, so you have to be comfortable. Some people prefer to open up to a professional one to one, without any real or perceived social pressure.
Group counsellors also have to focus on numerous people in a session. With one to one counselling, you are the only patient, so you receive more attention. You will have more time to delve into your personal issues and will likely gain a deeper understanding of what causes you personally to have an issue with alcohols. Although group counsellors make considerable effort to help every attendee, it isn’t always possible in the detail required. You might be 20 minutes away from a breakthrough, but the group counsellor won’t have that much time to focus on you alone.
One to one counselling also gives you more individualised recovery programs than group counselling. As your personal counsellor gets to know you, he or she will gain a deeper understanding of what makes you tick, and the probable risk factors for your relapse into your old life. Group counsellors have to provide advice that works for everybody in the group, but in one to one counselling you can receive individualised suggestions. Your counsellor will get to know you more closely, and will therefore be more likely to identify underlying patterns or issues specific to your alcohol addiction.
If you’re having trouble deciding whether one to one counselling or group counselling is more suitable for you or your loved one, get in touch with us for some free advice. We have a thorough knowledge of the available alcohol rehab facilities, as well as the different services and treatments offered by each. Some centres focus on one type of counselling, so you should learn more about each one before you make your final decision. Our advice on alcohol rehab options is completely free. We can also provide one to one counselling over the phone for a fee. Remember that you don’t have to struggle through this alone; we are here to help you.