by Maria Drohan, AS. Eng., MSW (Candidate), RSW
Why is it a good idea to go to counselling? Because there is absolutely nothing wrong with seeking help. Counselling is there to support people trying to cope with a wide range of circumstances. Unfortunately, there are so many misconceptions all over our society about what it means to talk to a mental health professional. So often, the need to talk about your emotions is taken as being weak. That stigma is so powerful that it often prevents people from seeking help in the first place.
But here’s the reality. Therapy is an incredibly useful tool that helps with a range of issues anywhere from anxiety to sleep to relationships to trauma. Continuous research shows that counselling is incredibly effective in helping people manage mental health conditions. Just being able to talk to someone without fear of judgment or criticism is a powerful way to better ourselves.
When friends and family aren’t always the best sources of support or information, we often find ourselves resorting to the internet to solve our programs. Most of the time, neither of those options are effective. Friends and family can mean well, but they are coming to the table with their own thoughts and opinions that could influence the advice they are giving you. As a therapist, we make sure to approach your issues neutrally and learn to understand your thought process in order to give support that will truly serve you. A professional counsellor can help you work through just about everything. They go through years of education and training, and many of them have seen a huge variety of situations and experiences. You can always feel comfortable seeking help from a counsellor because they are as objective as it gets, and the best part is that everything is confidential.
The most important thing to remember is that counselling can be extremely beneficial to you and your overall health. Everyone deserves some time to focus on themselves. There are so many things life can throw at us, and we aren’t meant to get through them alone. If you need to talk, we are here to listen.
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