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Key Myths about Counselling...

Is it for me?

Myth #1:         Counseling is only for crazy people

 

Reality: Many people who attend counseling are bright, skilled, and stable people. These individuals are often struggling with problems in a specific area and seeking personal growth and development. Stressors and difficulties are a part of life for all people. Many argue that the ability to ask for and accept counseling help represents clear evidence of intelligence and sanity

 

Myth #2:         Counseling is only for problems that are severe

 

Reality: Most individuals seek counseling for everyday issues like relationship problems, stress, and symptoms of depression. It is true that counseling can be helpful for individuals suffering from severe problems. However, seeking counseling for problems at this level does not represent the majority of clients in counseling. Additionally, attending counseling when problems are mild to moderate can prevent problems from becoming severe.

 

Reality: Actually, this is one of the most important reasons why counseling can be successful. Since a counselor is not a part of your day to day life, they are capable of being more impartial with less bias. Oftentimes, family and friends tell you what you should do. Counseling involves a unique relationship where you are encouraged and challenged to find the answers that are right for your life.

 

 

 

Myth #4:         Counselors just sit there, nod, and stay silent

 

Reality: Many stereotypes and depictions of counselors in movies have led to their image being "touchy-feely", reading your mind, detached, or ineffective. Most counselors today are active and engaged, using questions, reactions, and interventions to help you move towards your goals. It will be important to consider how active you want your counselor to be and inquire about this when working to find a counselor that is right for you.

 

 

 

Myth #5:         Counseling takes forever

 

Reality: The length of counseling depends on the client’s goals, motivation, and the severity of the problems brought into counseling. However, most counseling is short-term, generally lasting between eight and fifteen sessions. Good counselors are invested in helping you meet your goals so you can successfully operate independent of counseling.

 

 

 

Myth #6:         Everyone will know I'm seeing a counselor

 

Reality:  Counselors our bound by professional ethics and state law to protect your confidentiality and privacy both during counseling and after counseling ends. Only in extreme cases where someone is in imminent danger or a judge mandates release of counseling records can confidentiality be broken. Outside of these circumstances, information can only be shared if you share it or you provide written authorization for releasing information. A good counselor will explain confidentiality to you at the beginning of counseling.

 

 

 

Myth #7:         Couples counseling always makes one person the villain

 

Reality: Good couples counselors focus on the relationship. While it will be important to gather information from each member of the couple, the purpose is to facilitate relationship change. As a result, each member will look at their role in the current state of the relationship. Rather than labeling someone the villain, the couple’s counselor will encourage both members to make changes leading to improvements in the relationship.

 

 

 

 

Myth #1:         Counselling is only for crazy people

 

Reality: Many people who attend counseling are bright, skilled, and stable people. These individuals are often struggling with problems in a specific area and seeking personal growth and development. Stressors and difficulties are a part of life for all people. Many argue that the ability to ask for and accept counseling help represents clear evidence of intelligence and sanity.

Myth #2:         Counselling is only for problems that are severe

 

Reality: Most individuals seek counselling for everyday issues like relationship problems, stress, and symptoms of depression. It is true that counselling can be helpful for individuals suffering from severe problems. However, seeking counselling for problems at this level does not represent the majority of clients in counselling. Additionally, attending counselling when problems are mild to moderate can prevent problems from becoming severe.

Myth #3        Everyone will know I'm seeing a counsellor

 

Reality:  Counsellors our bound by professional ethics and state law to protect your confidentiality and privacy both during counselling and after counselling ends. Only in extreme cases where someone is in imminent danger or a judge mandates release of counselling records can confidentiality be broken. Outside of these circumstances, information can only be shared if you share it or you provide written authorisation for releasing information. A good counsellor will explain confidentiality to you at the beginning of counselling.

Myth #4:         Counsellors just sit there, nod, and stay silent and will it take forever.

Reality: Many stereotypes and depictions of counsellors in movies have led to their image being "touchy-feely", reading your mind, detached, or ineffective. Most counsellors today are active and engaged, using questions, reactions, and interventions to help you move towards your goals. It will be important to consider how active you want your counselor to be and inquire about this when working to find a counsellor that is right for you. Reality: The length of counselling depends on the client’s goals, motivation, and the severity of the problems brought into counselling. However, most counselling is short-term, generally lasting between eight and fifteen sessions. Good counsellors are invested in helping. you meet your goals so you can successfully operate independent of counseling.