Many times when I meet people for counseling, they have an intersting view of what counseling entails. The conversation usually leads to talking about what counseling isn’t. I think it is important that people understand what counseling truly is, while eliminating myths associated with the counseling process. Simplicity is my middle name, and as much as possible, I like to keep things simple for myself and my clients as well. So with that being said, I describe it as the following:
Counseling is a relationship between a counselor and a client, that offers a way for the client to gain a deeper perspective and understanding into emotions, behaviors, and relationships.
It’s interesting how many people are against gaining insight into themselves and learning how to possibly improve different areas of their lives. Even though I am a counselor, I am not exempt. There is ALWAYS room for improvement in life so I like keep an open mind and am always open to improvement. What’s interesting is, people look at mental health as tabu, like it’s not okay to talk to someone about your feelings, but each day we turn on the news and their is some disheartening story about how someone committed a murder or a suicide all on account of their feelings/emotions.
I applaud anyone who has the courage to seek out help in their lives regarding things that are confusing, difficult to cope with or just because you need insight on trying to do the right thing. What I hope these individuals realize is that you are already more brave and courageous than you may have ever realized. It can be difficult to do the right thing at times because the world around us has become accustomed to quick fix and band aids.
I want to encourage everyone to really take the time out to take care of your mental, emotional, and physical needs. All these areas work together and impact your overall well being.