There are all too many individuals who feel that they can benefit from counselling but who also feel that there are several barriers keeping them from getting the beneficial therapy that they need. Whether there are misunderstandings about what occurs during counselling or individuals have fears about the unknown of therapy, it can prove to be hugely beneficial to take a look at some of the barriers that frequently keep people from getting beneficial professional therapy.
The Cost Concern
Cost is always a concern, no matter who you are. However, when you are considering the cost of counselling, you should approach it with this mindset: counselling is an investment in yourself and in your future happiness. It can also be helpful to consider just how much the issue that you need help with is costing you. For example, if you are struggling with depression or anxiety, it could be affecting your job performance. You might be taking time off from work, which could be resulting in lost income. Carefully consider how much your areas of concern are truly costing you. This can make the investment in your emotional and mental health make a lot more sense!
Bad Experiences In The Past
It can often take some time to find the counsellor with whom you click! If you have had a bad experience with another counsellor, you should not abandon your goals to get the professional help that you need. Each counsellor tends to have a unique approach and unique treatment plans. Take the time to research and discuss your situation with several counsellors so that you can find the person who seems like they’ll be the best fit for your unique situation. Be sure that you always select a counsellor who belongs to a national governing body, like the BACP. This will ensure that your selected counsellor follows a strict code of ethics. Don’t let your negative past experiences cloud your goals of getting valuable therapy that can positively impact your future.
The Social Stigma
There is still, unfortunately, a fair amount of social stigma attached to the need for counselling. However there are increasing numbers of people, from all walks of life, who are seeing the benefit of counselling. There is also an increase in professionals who are referring individuals to counselling, from doctors, insurance providers, workplaces, and even universities. There are even charities that provide counselling to those in need; they have long waiting lists of those who are reaching out for counselling.
The bottom line is that the social stigma is no longer what it used to be. Don’t let a perceived stigma keep you from receiving beneficial therapy.
A Sense Of Denial
All too often, people are in denial about the fact that they have a problem that needs to be addressed in counselling. Being in denial can keep you in a stagnant situation that will not allow you to move forward in a positive manner. By accepting that there is a problem and reaching out for professional care, you will be in a much better position to move forward with a life that is within your control, and a life that will allow you to attain your goals.
Fear Of Counselling
One of the most common barriers that people face tends to be related to their fear about what might be discussed during counselling sessions. Some are concerned that delving into their past will be the primary focus; however, you will have control over what issues are discussed during counselling. Your therapist will have a very unique approach to treatment; however the focus is likely to be on your todays and your tomorrows. Once you enter into a long-term counselling program, your therapist will then be able to help you to find a connection between your past and your current situations. Keep in mind though that you will have the ability to guide your treatment plans and you will be able to communicate to your counsellor when you are not comfortable with a topic or area of focus.
No matter what reasons are driving you towards counselling, whether because you are under stress, are depressed, or just need help to regain focus on your future, counselling can help you to see an improvement in your self-esteem, your self-worth, and can also help you to make the right choices for yourself – today and tomorrow.