FACT: It is true that some people who have severe mental illnesses work with counsellors to manage symptoms, but counsellors also help people work through everyday problems like relationship issues, sadness, grief, and career transitions.
FACT: It takes courage to call a counsellor. Counsellors help people work through many life circumstances, and they welcome all clients. Counsellors hold a nonjudgmental space in which clients are encouraged to be open and honest about their situations so that counsellors can gain a full understanding of what is going on and how they can best help.
FACT: Both men and women can benefit from counselling. While it is true that women seek counselling more often than men, the amount of men seeking services has increased over the last 10 years, suggesting that men are becoming more open to counselling.
FACT: Seeking counselling is a way to proactively manage your problems. If you have problems that impair your ability to function day to day, a counsellor can teach you skills to handle difficult times. In addition, some people seek counselling services to improve their already great lives. Counselling can help people develop skills that will help them excel in specific areas such as sports, business, and leadership.
FACT: Licensed counsellors who hold master’s or doctoral degrees in mental health fields, they provide appropriate counselling and do not prescribe medication. Counsellors work with psychiatrists, who are medical doctors, when creating collaborative treatment plans for clients who do take medication. Psychiatrists prescribe medication to address biological aspects of managing mental health, and counsellors work with clients to address the psychological aspects of mental health.
FACT: Mental health counsellors hold advanced graduate degrees and study for years under the supervision of an experienced counsellor. After graduating, counsellors receive thousands of hours of supervised practice before becoming licensed and treating clients on their own. Mental health issues are real problems — one in five Americans suffers from mental health problems, and one in 10 minors has experienced depression. Counsellors can address these problems and help clients find relief from issues that are weighing them down.
FACT: There are no quick fixes when it comes to mental health. Strengthening your brain through counselling is like strengthening your body through exercise. It takes time, practice, patience, and persistence. Each person who enters counselling is an unique individual, so there is no universal formula to determine how long it will be before a client feels better. Making a commitment to yourself to enter counselling is a way to learn about yourself and your world views. In addition, you can learn ways to improve your decision-making process, which can result in more uplifting feelings on a regular basis. Counselling is an investment in yourself.
FACT: Going into counselling shows that you are willing to learn about yourself and ways to improve your life. It takes strength to call a counsellor to make an appointment. They do not judge their clients — counsellors welcome you. Please know that counsellors have heard a lot of life stories, and they hold each one with confidentiality and respect. Counsellors want to decrease the stigma related to seeking counselling and to create a world where seeking counselling is as common as seeking relief from the common cold. a big sale, on-site celebrity, or other event? Be sure to announce it so everybody knows and gets excited about it.
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