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Does being in counseling mean I’m crazy?

Many people going through an extremely stressful time in their lives experience anger, depression and other troubling emotions. By seeking out a counselor to work with, you recognize that you’re having significant challenges in your life and need some help. It also indicates that you want to find new ways to deal with the stress and ultimately to improve your life. There is no need to be embarrassed to ask for help from a trained professional. There comes a time for each of us when we just can’t cope without someone else’s help. You shouldn’t be criticizing yourself for getting help. You should be congratulating yourself.

What can I expect from counseling?

Each person has their own experience when going to a counselor. The sessions are a way to learn about your-self, about your thought process and emotions, and about your relationships. The way to get the most out of the sessions is to attend them regularly, be active and participate, and do any actions assigned. The most important thing to remember is to be open and honest with your counselor. When you and the counselor are working with the truth, that’s when you can gain the most benefit from the work you put into the sessions.

You may feel an increased anxiety during the counseling process. This is natural as you will be looking at and working on feelings and beliefs that you’ve had for a long time. You may even feel some anger toward your counselor. This is natural and the best approach is to speak with the counselor about your feelings so you both can discuss them.

Please know that everything you say in any counseling session will be held confidential. All information will be confidential and stay between you and the counselor. The only exception may be if you appear to be a danger to yourself or to other people. In that case, the counselor may seek additional outside help for you.

My symptoms aren’t that severe. Can I still benefit from counseling?

Most people find that counseling can improve their lives. Even mild anxiety can keep you from fully enjoying your life. Counseling can help you to identify those areas in your life that you could improve to have a more fulfilling life.