Therapy and counselling are designed to help you learn, grow, and thrive. A good therapist will help you understand yourself better, face challenges in your life in a healthy, constructive way, and provide you with the tools you need to succeed. Some common misconceptions about therapy often overshadow the good work counselling can do. Let’s clear up these myths.
Counselling is Only for ‘Major’ Issues or ‘Crazy’ People
Counselling is for everyone. Think of it as a spectrum, rather than a box you fit into. Most people seeking counselling are ordinary people facing ordinary problems. On the other side of the spectrum are those facing more severe issues such as manic episodes and psychiatric disorders.
Counselling Will Always Take a Long Time to Become Effective
Everyone’s treatment plan is unique to their goals. Most people complete their treatment plans in as little as 3-4 months. Some people may choose to stay on for maintenance while others, unfortunately, may have extended treatment plans due to more severe trauma.
Counsellors Will Blame or Shame You
Good counsellors will build you up and help you grow. They are not there to assign blame or shame you for your challenges. They will provide constructive criticisms and suggest changes, but good therapy is not about negativity.
There’s No Point in Dwelling on the Past
Resolving past issues is important before you can truly face the future without carrying baggage.
Admitting You Need Help and Going for Counselling Means You’re Weak
It is strong and courageous to be vulnerable. It is not a weakness that makes a person proactive about their mental health, but a true sign of strength.
The Therapist Has It All Worked Out
Therapists are everyday people, just like you. They do not have special gifts of insight or intelligence. They don’t have all the answers, but together, you will work with them doing your own self-work and be able to find your own answers.
Counselling will provide you with the tools you need to navigate life’s challenges, preparing you to deal with difficult times and overcome obstacles along the way to success. Don’t be intimidated, it will be a healing experience that changes your life.
Contact Paul Jozsef Counselling and Coaching if you feel that you may benefit from speaking with a counsellor.
Paul Jozsef Counselling & Coaching | Westmount
Address: 4115 Sherbrooke Street West
Suite 400, Westmount QC H3Z 1K9
Phone : (514) 360-7205