Should I go to therapy or counseling? That is the question that is haunting me, and I’m sure it’s not your story. Many people are confused and don’t know the right answer. They are often willing to spend money on a program or two and find out that it was nothing more than another sales pitch. If you are asking yourself these questions, chances are you’re not alone.
There are many myths about therapy. For example, many people believe it will cure them of their illness, when it may in fact worsen it! This is due to many unscrupulous therapists who prey upon their victims unaware that their behavior is inappropriate.
You may be afraid to discuss your feelings with another person due to being ashamed at your past. You may also feel embarrassed to talk to a therapist because you have been told there is no “real” problem. Well, let’s be clear: there is a real problem if you are hiding from it. But, it may not be the one you think it is.
Others think that once they seek help, their problems will magically disappear. But this just is not true. While therapy may relieve some of your symptoms, the underlying cause still remains. Only by addressing the root cause can your health improve. So, if you are afraid to discuss things with a therapist, please do so now.
Other people are unsure if they can afford therapy or counseling. I would urge you to take a deep breath and then go ahead an ask a few questions. You are not alone in this. It is estimated that thousands of people search for the best value every single year.
The last question you have to ask yourself is, “Is it something that is really hurting me?” In other words, the answer to this question will determine whether you should go. Some people, while they may be suffering, do not show it to others. They feel that they are beyond help. They do not see the benefits of getting help.
But, if you are honest and earnest in wanting to get treatment, I promise you that you will find someone who will go with you. I know this because I have seen it happen. Therapy can open up the doors to a world of healing. Once you are no longer ashamed to discuss how you feel, other people will be more apt to listen.
When you have decided to make the choice to seek professional counseling, be sure that it is the right one for you. Once you have begun the journey, do not look back. Go forward and enjoy your new found feelings.
If the answer to the last question is yes, then you should proceed with caution. First, talk to your therapist and explain your reasons for wanting therapy. This is not an emotional discussion. You simply want to know that what you are experiencing is a legitimate disorder.
Second, if the reason is no, discuss with your therapist the benefits of seeing someone who will provide proper psychiatric care. You can discuss visiting one at the hospital or at your favorite clinic. Your therapist can help you determine whether this would be beneficial to your situation.
Counseling can benefit anyone, mentally or physically. People struggle with many different issues. Sometimes, the issue may not be mental but physical. In addition, some individuals choose to work with a counselor in private sessions.
If you decide that you want to seek therapy, find a qualified therapist. Then, follow your therapy appointments. At your first session, you will have an opportunity to discuss your issues with your therapist. Hopefully, this discussion will lead you on the path to healing.