Myth: Only “crazy” people see counsellors. If I am thinking of getting counselling it must mean I am “crazy”.
Fact: Many people who are distressed and feel overwhelmed are that way for logical reasons, and not because they are “crazy”. In other words, anxiety and depression are normal reactions to bad circumstances and times. Often people need counselling for a short period of their lives and may not need it again.
Myth: People who see counsellors are weak.
Fact: It is actually a sign of emotional strength to realise when the problems and difficulties you face are more than you can cope with effectively. It is also wise to seek help if your problems are starting to take a toll on other areas of your life (e.g. work, family, health). Often the problem solving skills and knowledge people gain about themselves in counselling help them to tackle future difficulties easier.
Myth: Counsellors and therapists are “head shrinks” who can “read my mind”.
Fact: The only difference between counsellors and the people they work with is that counsellors have had special training to help people work through their issues. When I work with someone, I know they are the experts on themselves and their lives and I concentrate on strategies that work for them.