In Razing and Rising, I mention that Healthy Survivors "seek guidance and support." What if you've never needed professional counseling before?
Even if you believe you can get through a rough time on your own, consider counseling because:
- You may get through faster and/or more easily.
- Since your relationship with a counselor is professional, you can share thoughts and feelings that would be difficult to share with friends and loved ones.
- Counselors are objective about your situation in ways that are impossible for friends and loved ones.
- Counselors are experienced professionals who, just like athletic coaches, can offer valuable insights and advice that help you reach your full potential.
- You’ll learn skills that can serve you well for the rest of your life.
Tips for optimizing your sessions:
- Prepare for each visit by making a list of what you think are the problems.
- Be completely honest with your counselor. The more your counselor knows, the faster he or she can understand you and your situation.
- After the visit, find time to review what you learned.
- When appropriate, share what you learned with loved ones.
Counseling is hard work. In many cases, not getting counseling is harder work. Expect sessions to cause heightened emotions in the short run. Remind yourself that you will end up in a better place.