If you are looking at this page that means you probably have been considering coming to counseling for a while. You may have thought about it a couple of times when things got really bad and then pushed the idea away. Things in life could have been going really well for a long time, then a situation happened and going to therapy crossed your mind again. You may have had the number saved for days, weeks and months but hadn’t made the big step just yet. There could be 100k reasons why you haven’t made the step to come to therapy. Your life can change today if you are willing. Fear is one of the main reasons people don’t come to counseling. We want to unmask some of the many fears that people have shared with us and some you may be experiencing about counseling.
Fear of being judged
Fear of judgment is a major concern for many people. We want to be clear; we are not here to pass judgment. We are 100% here to uplift and support. We see people as people. The fear of judgment may be preventing you from moving forward successfully. We are completely committed to helping you make healthy changes. In our therapy sessions we offer a safe environment for you share your deepest concerns and worries without judgment. You can be listened to and guided throughout your therapy experience. There are no biases. We work to build that special trust needed to grow. Our hope is to encourage and empower. We are not keeping score.
Quick note: Only 41% of adults in the U.S. with a mental health condition received mental health services in the past year. Among adults with a serious mental illness, 62.9% received mental health services in the past year.
Fear of stigma
If you find yourself worried about what happens in the office or what other people will think let us break it down for you. It does not matter what they think! Unfortunately there is still somewhat of a negative stigma when it comes to counseling. Often people worry about what others will think of them receiving help through therapy. We ask that you consider how great things can once you blast past the problems instead of suffering in silence. We urge forward motion and positivity. Our hope for you is that you become so concerned about getting the help you need that what others think about you receiving therapy doesn’t even matter. We don’t want anything to stop your shine. Coming to counseling doesn’t mean you are “crazy.” We boost people up, not tear them down. Life can be hard and we are here to help. We say the bravest people we know sit on our couches. It takes a brave person to say they need help and we believe you are that person. It is all about you doing what is best for you. It’s a sign of strength to seek help.
Quick note: Approximately 1 in 25 adults in the U.S.—10 million, or 4.2%—experiences a serious mental illness in a given year that substantially interferes with or limits one or more major life activities.
Fear of confronting the issue
Facing the fires of life can be uncomfortable at times. You don’t know what to expect or what will happen. We want to help you find the courage to face the monsters chasing you. We believe you can overcome the bullies of your life and achieve your wildest dreams with our help. We welcome you and to the wonderful opportunity to sit and talk with us. You may experience many different emotions. The great thing is you don’t have to do it alone. You learn skills, tools to help you arise even stronger than before. We will walk the journey together. You can reclaim your life.
Fear of diagnosis
Worry about being labeled with a diagnosis is a common concern for many people. We typically do not have to diagnosis and if we do we explore what it means, how it works, coping skills, treatment and so much more. If you find out that you have a mental health diagnosis it doesn’t mean that you will have it forever. In the same way that other illness can be treated so can many mental illnesses. There are 250+ different mental health diagnoses, a very small portion last a lifetime. More than 60% of people who seek help recover. In-order for you to turn things around you must be willing to seek the help. Words and your past don’t define you.
Quick note: Approximately 1 in 5 adults in the U.S.—43.8 million, or 18.5%—experiences mental illness in a given year. Picture a movie theater with those same numbers. That’s a lot of people. You are not alone in seeking help. Yes it can be scary but it can be so worth it, because YOU are worth it!
Fear of opening up to a stranger
We understand that talking with someone you don’t know can be very intimidating and scary. We realize that it can be difficult to share such personal experiences and thoughts with another person. We provide amazing support and encouragement. We are professionals. One of the great things is since we are not involved in every aspect of your life you are able to have a non-judgmental, unbiased support system there to help you along the way. We work to build that special trust needed to grow. We are here to inspire and empower. We want to get to know you; you can get to know us. Check out our bios.
Fear of always being in therapy
The length of therapy depends on you and the counselor. Some clients may need several sessions while others may need only a few sessions. The process is unique to each person. The goal is to have you reach your personal goal and accomplishment. Therapy is that rare relationship that you working to say cherrio and goodbye!
Fear of failure
We want you to give yourself every opportunity possible to succeed. We believe that every person has the potential inside of them to be great. Give us an opportunity to help you reach your dreams. One of the many benefits about counseling is that we are not grading you. We don’t give out F’s and D’s if things are a bit shaky at times. This isn’t a report card. We have been known to occasionally give out gold stars. We are optimistic uplifting supportive people. We genuinely love what we do. It’s the beginning to a whole new you!
So there you have it, a few of the top fears we have heard from people who made the healthy choice of coming to counseling. Now it is your turn!
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 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Results from the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Mental Health Findings, NSDUH Series H-50, HHS Publication No. (SMA) 15-4927. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2015). Retrieved October 27, 2015 from http://www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf – See more at: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers#sthash.RLQB4lEH.dpuf
 Serious Mental Illness (SMI) Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/serious-mental-illness-smi-among-us-adults.shtml – See more at: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers#sthash.RLQB4lEH.dpuf
 Any Mental Illness (AMI) Among Adults. (n.d.). Retrieved October 23, 2015, from http://www.nimh.nih.gov/health/statistics/prevalence/any-mental-illness-ami-among-adults.shtml – See more at: http://www.nami.org/Learn-More/Mental-Health-By-the-Numbers#sthash.RLQB4lEH.dpuf
Flourishing Hope Counseling, PLLC is a Kingsville, TX private practice.