The main purpose of this site is to create a platform to support those who are preparing for their RACGP exams particularly the OSCE RACGP exams. In addition, we are here to promote Mental Health awareness and training, better self care for Doctors, and a biopsychosocial model of health for patients. We are independent of the RACGP.
Supportive counselling and active listening are very important and here is why......
From experience with speaking to Registrars and Colleagues, I often see that many are underestimating the power of “simple” supportive counselling and active listening.
Supportive counselling and listening do 3 very important things for people.
1 It provides them with a very important human need of connection especially if perceived as “unconditional”. When connected, less fear and anxiety, less fight or flight responses, less biopsychosocial issues.
2 Allow people to “extrovert their thoughts” in order to defuse or detach from them in order to gain more of a “zoomed out” perspective to the issues. It may not change the problem but it does change how we view it.
3 Once defused or detached or distanced from those thoughts/issues, more possibilities arise.
Please do more of supportive counselling and don’t feel as if you are doing “nothing” or “not doing much”. You are doing a lot!