There are many thoughts and beliefs that can prevent us from seeking counselling as a support.Most of these beliefs are routed in fear. However, the fact is that our fears are sometimes just fears and allowing them to make decsions for us can be harmful. The following are some common fears connected with seeking counselling and the facts from a counselling perspective.
FEAR: My problems are too vague, trivial, upsetting, or embarrassing to talk about with a counsellor.
FACT: Any concern is a valid concern. No matter how big or small your issue, we are caring, non-judgmental counsellors available to listen and help you work through your struggles.
FEAR: People who go to counselling are crazy or weak.
FACT: Most people experience some emotional distress at various points in their lives, and some people seek counseling as one step in coping with this distress. Going to counselling is certainly not an indication of having a psychiatric disorder. To the contrary, this kind of choice represents a courageous, mature, and responsible attitude.
FEAR: I should be strong and disciplined enough to solve problems on my own.
FACT: Choosing to seek out counselling services when you are experiencing emotional distress reflects wisdom and courage. Professional counselling is a resource.
FEAR: Dealing with emotional issues may stir up thoughts, fears, and feelings that will interfere with my functioning.
FACT: In reality most people find counselling to be a great relief and gain a sense of gaining a greater sense of control and calm.
FEAR: People will know that I went to see a counsellor.
FACT: Counselling sessions are confidential. The only way others would become aware of your choice to see a counsellor is if you decide to tell them.
FEAR: I’m too uncomfortable to take the first steps – making an appointment and then talking with a stranger about personal matters seems kind of scary.
FACT: That first step (phone call, email, text, consultation or appointment) is the toughest. A certain amount of discomfort is understandable. We are aware of this and can help ease you through the first steps.