How Can Counseling Help You?
Mental health issues are often brought about by events, past or ongoing, that cause an individual to experience stress and tension. This acts as a significant hindrance to proper mental growth and development in youngsters and reduces the quality of life in adulthood.
Counselling aims to identify the root cause of mental strain and work through problems in a safe environment that promotes dialogue and introspection. We believe in relating with people personally, helping them understand themselves, and working towards a lasting solution that allows them to live their life to the fullest without being weighed down by mental anguish.
For many people, problems with their mental health arise during their teenage years, a vulnerable time where they are beset with uncertainty, doubt, and apprehension. For adults, mental health issues can occur due to any number of environmental or personal factors.
Counseling Can Help You
When it comes to a person’s mental health, issues can manifest themselves in a number of ways. As such, people suffering from poor mental health are just as likely to lash out as they are to become reclusive and aloof.It can be hard to identify a mental disorder, but some possible indicators of an underlying mental condition are here.
Sings You Could Benefit from Counseling
Lack Of Motivation
Failing In School Or Work
Changes In Your Mood
Common Concerns When Considering Counseling
Many people suffering from mental health issues are hesitant or unwilling to seek help to overcome their unhappiness. This could be due to many reasons, including. There is a stigma associated with seeking therapy that persists today Lack of proper counseling or therapy options in one’s community. Therapy is often seen as an expensive luxury rather than the necessary treatment that it is
‘Counselling is a sign of weakness.’
This misconception is unfortunately still prevalent, especially among younger men who need it most. Many people believe that by seeking help, they are somehow less than, or inferior to others. In reality, you are simply enlisting the use of a trained medical professional to assist you in addressing a serious condition. It is no different than asking your physician to help you with a physical ailment or illness.
‘Counselling is not effective.’
Research shows that therapy is the most effective way of addressing various mental health conditions than even medicine. It is carried out by licensed professionals who have years of experience in the field, and can help you figure out how to ease your mental suffering and get your life back on track.
‘Talking about my issues will only make them worse.’
The first step to solving your depression or anxiety is accepting there’s something wrong. Talking through and understanding your mental issues rather than ignoring them can more effectively help you address them. Only by facing what’s causing you pain can you understand it, and find a solution.
‘If I attend therapy, I will be considered crazy.’
This statement is simply not true. Counseling is meant for anyone who is experiencing the everyday struggles of life. Over 10% of the population suffers from depression or other mental problems, which is more common than you might think. If anything, by actively seeking help, you are among the growing number of people trying to improve and lead a healthier life, and that’s something to be proud of.
‘I don’t need a therapist, I can just do it on my own.’
This is another huge misconception. It is like trying to self diagnose a physical ailment rather than consulting with a physician. The fact is that the average person does not have the training or the knowledge to treat or even understand mental conditions such as depression and severe anxiety.
With those misconceptions out of the way, allow us to answer some frequently asked questions about our counseling services.
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Frequently Asked Questions
What exactly does one do in counseling?
As the patient, you are interacting with the counselor to help you identify the root cause of a mental condition or the mental pain and anguish you might be experiencing. The process can involve:
- Talking to the counselor.
- Practicing new skills.
- Learning about your emotions and what causes them, and so much more.
Will my conversations be confidential?
Doctor-patient confidentiality is the cornerstone of a healthy, productive relationship between you and your counselor. As such, therapists are legally bound not to divulge anything you discuss with them during therapy. This includes your personal information, work history, and of course your personal life. The counselor is also bound to secrecy regarding any past crimes you may have committed (with some exceptions), so all of your conversations will stay private.
How long will this take?
Therapy is a complicated process that requires a lot of time and effort for both you and your counselor. Different people see varying levels of improvement in a given time frame. The sensitive nature of therapy dictates that it be handled with the utmost care and attention to ensure better treatment. Realistically, it could take anywhere between a few weeks to a few years of consistent effort to fully resolve a patient’s issues, depending on the severity of the situation.
Is therapy expensive?
Therapy is an ongoing process that takes time and resources to be done correctly. As such, it can become quite expensive over time. However, we urge patients to consider the value counseling offers, in the long run, namely the lasting therapeutic effect and improvement in self confidence that stays with you throughout your life. Furthermore, it is vital for individuals with poor mental health to better themselves and lead happier healthier lives.
Will I need to take medication?
As part of the process, your doctor may prescribe you some medicine, either for a short term or throughout therapy. Taking medication is entirely normal and necessary for some patients. Do not try to self medicate and always consult with your doctor before starting any new medication.
Will I need to change my routine or take up any new activities?
Your counselor may advise you to change certain parts of your lifestyle and routine if they believe it is detrimental to your mental health and general well-being. This is all part of the process and necessary for lasting change.
Our Mission At Eclectic Psychotherapy
Mental health is a genuine and pressing concern. At Counseling Long Island, we believe everyone should be able to live their life to the fullest, unburdened by their mind. We’ve set out to help those who feel that something is not as it should be. Our faculty comprises leading medical professionals with years of experience in their fields, dedicated to helping you live a better life. We aim to deliver the highest quality counseling services for a happier today and tomorrow.