Ever Wondered If Counseling Would Be Helpful to You?

Ever Wondered If Counseling Would Be Helpful to You?

 

By J.J. Hight, MS, EdS, NCC

Licensed Professional Counselor

 

Have you ever thought about going to talk to a counselor? Have you ever wondered if a therapist might provide you some support or direction in dealing with a difficult situation? Maybe you’ve seen an episode of Dr. Phil and thought, “Hmm, I wonder if that therapy stuff really can help people like me?” 

Many times people are intimidated to make the initial phone call to begin counseling out of fear or confusion regarding what counseling (or the counselor) will be like. Most of us are hesitant to reach out to someone whom we know nothing about and share with them what are often very personal or sensitive aspects of our lives.  We question whether that person will be able to understand our situation or whether they will view us in a negative light because of the difficulties we’re experiencing. None of us want to be lectured or made to feel worse than we already feel over our current predicament and that’s not what counseling should be about. Counseling IS about helping people with their struggles with living life through the interaction between a client and a trained professional.

Let’s face it, no one begins counseling because their life is going so well that they just HAVE to share the joyous news of how wonderful everything is with a complete stranger.  The specific reasons that people come to counseling are as varied as the people themselves, but the thing that everyone has in common is a desire to find a different way to deal with a life situation which is causing them pain, anxiety, frustration, confusion, fear, anger, or all of the above. But whatever the reason, it is the first step toward gaining support, direction, insight and ideally some closure with whatever your current struggle.

I frequently tell people that counselors are no different than any other group of individuals; they each have their own personality and professional style and no two are just exactly alike. So do a little research, chose one that seems like someone you could relate to and meet with them. Most people can tell by the first or second appointment if this is going to be a person in which you will feel comfortable working with.  If not, it’s not a big deal, simply choose another and try again. Even if you have to consult with several different clinicians before you find the one that “fits”, that is okay, it is crucial to the process of counseling that you find a professional you believe you can confide in, trust and feel comfortable with.

May is National Mental Health Awareness Month, so if counseling sounds like something that might be helpful to you, there is no better time than now to start the process of living a happier, healthier life.    

 

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