Written by: Nick Bloodworth
For years, counselors have been doing their best to put an end to the preconceived notion that counseling is only for those who have a mental illness. Counseling is right for anyone seeking help with any problems in which they feel overwhelmed. Some of the common “Myths” about counseling are:
Myth: Only “crazy” people go to counseling.
Fact: Counselors help people with career changes, grief, relationships, anger, etc.
Myth: Family and friends will make assumptions if I go to counseling and you will too.
Fact: While we cannot control what others may think, counselors are non-judgmental and create a safe environment for those with the courage to speak to a counselor about problems they may have.
Myth: Counseling makes me weak.
Fact: Counseling is a way to help you be proactive in managing your issues by helping you to develop the necessary skills to excel in many different areas.
Myth: I will be put on medication if I come to counseling.
Fact: Not all counselors push for medications. Counselors attempt to resolve mental health issues through talk therapy and problem-solving, before recommending a person to “choose” to take medication.
Myth: Counseling is short-term and all problems can be “fixed” in a brief manner.
Fact: Every case is different. There are no quick “fixes.” Every person who chooses to come to counseling is a unique individual and can’t be treated with a “general formula” to determine when counseling will end.
While there are many of other “myths,” the purpose above is to help educate that everyone can benefit from counseling no matter the situation. Please, don’t allow problems to “worsen” due to fears of being judged, or fears that your problems are not “bad” enough to seek counseling.