Three Good Questions when Requesting Counseling or Therapy:
Handling things on my own has always been my way. Aren’t people who go to counseling weak-minded?
No. When people ask for help, it means they need it, and they have the wonderful ability to reach out. Everyone will need help at different times throughout their lives.
Why do people go to counseling and how do I know if it’s right for me?
People have many different motivations for seeking counseling, possibly going through a major life transition (marriage, new job, a death in their family, or unemployment). They may not be handling stressful circumstances well. Others may seek counseling to increase self-compassion and confidence. Some seek counseling to help with depression, anxiety, and relationships. Couples may be wanting to save their marriage, or students may be ready to learn more about themselves to become more effective goal-setters. Spiritual conflicts and creative blocks are frequent requests for counseling, which can provide much needed encouragement combined with skills in educating you and working through your concerns.
What about medication versus counseling?
It has been established the long-term solution to mental or emotional problems and the pain they cause cannot be solved solely by medication. Instead of just treating the symptoms, counseling addresses the causes of your distress and the actions that curb your progress. You can best achieve sustainable growth and a greater sense of well-being with an integrative approach to wellness. Working with your medical doctor you can determine what’s best for you, and in some cases a combination of medication and counseling is needed.