Although I enjoy the fun celebration of St Patrick’s Day in March, I don’t often put stock in “luck”. I tend to be a “choice theorist” and a “make things happen” type of person.…
So, all that to say: there are times we just need to be brutally honest with what is going on in our lives and ask for help. With looking back a year ago in March, we probably all have had some rough times over the past 12 months. At our counseling center, this past year, we have seen a major increase in stress, anxiety and depression and marital conflict. So know that you are not alone! I would like to take some time to dispel some myths about counseling or therapy in case you decide your “luck” has run out and it is time to get a professional to join you in your journey.
Common Myths about Therapy
- I have to be mentally ill to seek counseling.
- We have to be in a crisis to go to couples counseling.
- I can just talk to my good friends or family.
- I don’t need therapy… just give me a pill
- If I focus on my past, I’ll get stuck there.
- Others will think less of me if I admit I am struggling.
- I should be able to figure this out on my own.
The Facts About Therapy
Every person, at some point in their life will struggle with one or more of the following: bouts of anxiety, depression, grief, trauma and significant life transitions. It is normal to struggle and to feel like you don’t have it all together.
- Unprocessed emotions can lead to addictions, sickness, unhealthy relationships, impulsive decisions and general unhappiness. So don’t wait until you are in “crisis” mode!
- Medication is often used as a Band-Aid. Research shows that medication alone is not as effective as talk therapy.
- Therapy is a safe and confidential place to have necessary and vulnerable conversations.
- Therapists offer professional insights and are trained to walk with you during difficult sessions with no judgements or expectations.
- When someone holds space for you in order to hear your story, there is a deep and powerful impact that can take place.
What you share in the counseling office is ethically and legally confidential.
Average length of therapy is weekly for 3-6 months depending on individual needs and wants.