We all go through times in our lives when we need help from others. For some it can be difficult to pick up the phone to call someone or to seek counseling. Others may put off seeking help thinking that they will be fine and can get through their issues on their own. This post will review some common myths that people have about mental health counseling.
“My problems aren’t severe enough.”
When we hear of people experiencing violence, loss, or serious health issues, we tell ourselves, “Things could be worse. My problems aren’t that bad.” Just because our problems aren’t as severe, we assume we don’t need help. Counseling is just talking to someone to help you work through your thoughts and feelings. For example, you could go to therapy to learn how to balance all of your responsibilities or to work through the transition of becoming a new parent. Receiving help early on is always better than allowing your struggles to worsen.
“Only people who are weak go to counseling.”
Where did we get the idea that we have to be strong all the time? Life can get hard and with all of the resources available to us today, we don’t have to carry our burdens alone. Going to counseling can be a sign of strength and that you are ready to make positive changes in your life. Remember, God’s strength is made perfect in weakness (2 Cor. 12:9) His help may come in in the form of speaking to a competent counselor to help you get through your difficult times.