Today, counselling and psychotherapy is often kept a secret by those in treatment. Despite the stigma there’s heaps of research providing evidence that the talking cure is effective in treating many of life’s problems.
But why are people still afraid to seek help or hide the fact they’re receiving help? Most people who are in treatment keep it a secret as they fear being judged ‘mentally ill’ or ‘crazy’ or they feel ashamed to admit they are not coping. They may want to protect family members from feeling guilty or fear talking to someone ‘outside the family’ is disloyal and will hurt them.
Contrary to popular misconception, you don’t have to be ‘mad, bad or sad’ to go to counselling. You don’t have to be desperate or on the brink of a breakdown. Far too often, people are letting their problems become chronic before they seek the help they need. Evidence has shown that the sooner you seek help the sooner you will feel better.
So instead of soldiering on trying to cope and sustain your busy life, here are 5 signs that tell you it’s time to seek help:
Feeling pressured - stressed, unable to meet demands, unable to cope
Experiencing intense feelings – anxious, fearful, anger, sadness, jealousy
Feeling underwhelmed – lacking motivation, depressed or feeling like a stranger to yourself
Developing bad habits and don’t know how to stop – alcohol, drugs, sex, food, excessive exercise
Having experienced a traumatic event
Most people can benefit from counselling at least some stage in their lives and to have the opportunity to talk uncensored to a nonbiased professional without fear of judgement can be rewarding and life-changing. You may have great insight into your own problems and you may have the skills to manage by yourself or have the support net-work around you but there may be times when you need help; and the sooner you get it, the better.
To find out more about how Deborah works, call her on 07870 127650 or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit her website: www.deborahkerrcounselling.co.uk