Overcoming Counseling Fears

Here are some common worries about counseling:

  • It’s embarrassing to admit something is wrong with me.
  • I’ll be in counseling the rest of my life.
  • It means your weak if you see a counselor.

Here is what Prairie Hills Counseling would like you to know . . .

  • Counseling is for everyone.  It doesn’t mean something is “wrong” with you.  It means you are seeking some help and support.  The private nature of counseling (necessary for confidentiality) leads many people to assume the worse about something that is “secret”.  Confidentiality and secrets aren’t the same.  Counseling is a chance to just sort life out, going doesn’t mean you are broken, it means you are open.
  • Counseling can be an on-going or temporary support.  Counselors help you meet goals and it usually takes a few sessions to set up those goals.  Counseling is a process, for some that is a few months, for others a few years.  My mother died when I was 20, the grief led to depression, I went to a counselor.  She helped me process that grief and resolve my depression.  A few years later, I had an unplanned pregnancy, I went back to the same counselor.  Again, she helped me process issues.    
  • You can sit with the concern and worry about feeling it is weak to seek counseling, in fact, it takes incredible strength to get to counseling.  No one changes in their comfort zone, we need new experiences to begin to experience life differently.  When it is your time, you will make the efforts to reach out.
  • If you are still wondering about counseling . . . set up a free 30 minute phone consultation . . . ask Kris your questions about counseling, then decide if it is still now right for you.