FEAR: My problems are too vague, trivial, upsetting, or embarrassing to talk about with a counsellor.
FACT: Any concern is a valid concern. No matter how big or small your issue, we are caring, non-judgmental and here to listen and help you work through your struggles.
FEAR: People who go to the counselling are crazy or weak.
FACT: Most people experience some emotional distress at various points in their lives, and some people seek counselling as one step in coping with this distress. Going to counselling is certainly not an indication of having a psychiatric disorder. To the contrary, this kind of choice represents a strong, courageous, mature, and responsible attitude.
FEAR: I should be strong and disciplined enough to solve problems on my own.
FACT: Choosing to seek out counselling services when you are experiencing emotional distress reflects wisdom and courage. Professional counselling is a resource.
FEAR: Dealing with emotional issues may stir up thoughts, fears, and feelings that will interfere with my functioning.
FACT: In reality most people find counselling to be a great relief and gain a greater sense of control and calm even in the first session.
FEAR: People will know that I went to see a counsellor.
FACT: Counseling sessions are confidential. The only way others would become aware of your choice to see a counsellor is if you decide to tell them.
FEAR: I’m too uncomfortable to take the first steps – making an appointment and then talking with a stranger about personal matters seems kind of scary.
FACT: That first step (phone call, email, text, consultation or appointment) is the toughest. A certain amount of discomfort is understandable. We are aware of this and can help ease you through the first steps.
For more information contact Julie Petrynko