I’ve never talked to anyone. I’m used to handling things on my own. Why would I seek counseling ?
Counseling can help you regain connection with your own strengths and resources that unaddressed psychological stress may disconnect you from. You can tailor new skills to your particular needs, feel heard without judgment or expectations, address unhelpful cycles and gain clarity to take life affirming steps. Furthermore, counseling is completely confidential.
How can unaddressed psychological stress impact my physical health?
This link has a short and informative article and video from the Institute of Functional Medicine on the way stress contribute to chronic diseases:
Why shouldn’t I just take medication?
In some cases, medication is needed in conjunction with therapy, however medications on their own can’t offer the sense of empowerment that can be experienced when the root causes of current imbalances are addressed or when new helpful skills and perspectives are developed. Meds on their own can’t help sustain new habits. Counseling can help you explore and unpack the problems you are experiencing and effectively utilize your strengths.
How long will it take?
This question can be answered during one of your early counseling sessions after discovering with your provider what your needs are. Everyone’s circumstances are unique to them and the length of time counseling differs based on each person’s goals and needs.
I want to get the most out of therapy. What can I do to help?
You are helping by remaining engaged, asking questions and offering feedback. For now, what you can be invited to do is to recognize that having mixed feelings about starting counseling is expected and welcome as part of the process.