Many of Us Are Trained Not to Ask for Help
You are an adult right? You are tough and resilient. You may be very successful. You may also need the expertise and encouragement of a professional to collaborate with you. Is it weak to schedule a physical? Should someone with a sinus infection just tough it out for a long time and let it pass? Thankfully the stigma about counseling only being for people who are really “crazy” is going away.
Seeking Help is a Sign of Strength
Therapists are trained in techniques backed by evidence to help you with your struggles. For some, having a confidential person to talk to who isn’t biased toward you can make a real difference. Close friends and family may always take your side instead of telling you what you need to hear.
Attending counseling is a sign of strength and a willingness to grow. Some are turned off by perceptions that it’s all about talking about your feelings. While this has some truth for those who prefer to do so, counseling can also appeal to and be tailored to the logical side of the brain.
If you have a concern, chances are I have seen it or something like it before. Client’s sometimes say “you have never seen anything like my problem”, but the reality is that we’ve usually seen it all.
Counseling does not have to be about curing a disease (unless insurance requires a diagnosis) but can be a preventative, wellness-based initiative. Many people get an annual physical, but isn’t the health of your mind just as important?
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