Counselling has both benefits and risks. You will experience memories, thoughts, and feelings in counselling that may not be comfortable. You will experience fear in small doses in the company of a fully accepting presence, and when no more negative consequences follow, your fear will begin to extinguish. Your fear must be faced to be beaten and therapy helps you face painful thoughts and feelings, making them less painful. You will leave sessions empowered, confident, and think/feel more accurately and see solutions and information in the environment more clearly. Over time, you will start taking actions that you were not able to attempt or sustain before, and this can have tremendous benefits to all facets of your life. Specific and researched gains from therapy include: higher self-esteem, which means you will gain a feeling of personal worth and accept yourself because you will no longer be repelled by your own thoughts and feelings. Secondly, you will gain a sense of personal strength, a sense of control and independence that comes from facing your difficult experiences and conquering them. Third, you will gain more accurate self-experiencing, which means that you will be more comfortable to feel new feelings and seek new experiences without reverting back to the old you. Last but not least, you will gain the ability to be intimate in close relationships, as you will become more empathic and accepting to yourself and those around you.