All to often, I hear from new clients about how they sometimes feel shame for seeking out counseling help. There seems to be a perception in our culture that seeking help makes us in some way “weak” because we “should” be able to handle the challenges that life throws us on our own.
Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is, seeking help when you really need it is one of the most courageous and difficult things that someone can do for themselves. Asking for help can be scary and intimidating while, simultaneously, one of the best things that we can do to start creating the life that we have always wanted. Whether you need help with depression, anxiety, grief, addiction or any of the other challenges that hold us back from peace in our life, you don’t have to do it alone.
We are human beings and we are, by nature, a social creature. We all need someone to talk to and the existing connections we have with people in our lives may not be the right place. Maybe you don’t have someone that you can trust in your life or maybe you just don’t want to discuss some of the things you are going through with them. Most likely, it is simply that those people are too close to the situation to be able to look at it objectively, compassionately or with an open ear. This is where counseling can come in to become an incredibly powerful tool in your life. Counseling is about creating a real connection with another person where you are completely safe to talk openly, freely and without judgment.
Not sure if counseling is right for you? Believe it or not, the fact that you are reading this and considering help has already set you apart from the pack. If you are thinking about seeking help, there is no time like the present. When you are looking for the right counselor, there are a few things to consider. What are your goals from counseling? What do you expect from your counselor? What kinds of change do you want to make in your life? It is very important that you ask the questions, understand what you are looking for and, most of all, take the first step and set up an appointment.
Truly, counseling is a very personal connection and it is a real relationship. While I am a competent, licensed and experienced counselor, my style may or may not be correct for every person and we both want to make sure that the fit is right. I am always happy to talk to you so that we can learn more about each other. Take the road less traveled and call me and begin one of the most important journeys of your life. Click here to visit my contact page, or call me today at 970.903.0465.