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Common myths about counseling

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You know you need help, whether in your personal life as an individual or in your romantic life as a couple. But it's scary to seek out counseling, and most people aren't sure what to expect. Adrienne C. Laursen, LMFT, Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and owner of The Engagement Coach, shares common myths about counseling and why they're simply not true.

5 Common Myths About Counseling

MYTH #1: I Don't Need A Therapist… I Can Figure This Out On My Own

It really doesn't matter how smart you are, sometimes you need an objective person to see things in your life that you may be blind to. A therapist can help you gain objective insight into your life choices, and can help remove roadblocks that may be getting in your way.

MYTH #2: Change Is Simple! {And my life will be different after one session.}

A good therapist will never "tell" you what to do. Because it's your life, you have to make the appropriate decisions and corrections for yourself. Counseling is a process, and requires some time for the therapist to get to know you and understand how you operate and what you really want. They will offer suggestions, insights and ideas, and then it's really up to you to make the changes. There is no "magic wand" in therapy and change is usually hard. {but doable!}

MYTH #3: Therapy Is For Crazy and/or Weak People

Quite the contrary, actually! Seeking help from a professional takes a tremendous amount of courage and self-awareness, and is never a sign of weakness. It really takes a strong person to say, "I know something needs to be different, and I'm just not sure how to change it. Can you help me?"

MYTH #4: I Don't Need Therapy, I'm On Medication

A lot of people feel that taking a pill will make things better automatically. Again, people like a "quick fix". While taking medication can help ease some of your symptoms {think depression, anxiety, panic attacks, etc.}, they come with side effects. And the downside is that medication will never solve the overall concern/problem you're dealing with. Therapy can be uncomfortable and a lengthy process, but the research shows that a combination of medication {for those who need it} and talk therapy produces the greatest results long-term.

MYTH #5: The Counselor Isn't Going To Tell Me Anything I Don't Already Know

How can a Therapist, someone who knows nothing about me, possibly offer me anything I don't already know? Great question! You'll want to choose a therapist who is trained in the area that you are specifically seeking help for, and make sure they're qualified to help you. Once you find a therapist that you enjoy working with, you'll begin to see what they can offer and you'll trust that they know what they're talking about. Therapists go through a lot of training to achieve an advanced education level and state licensure. They are able to offer you education and insight that can be helpful in changing your undesirable behaviors.

For more information on Adrienne's counseling services and free relationship tips, please visit her website at www.TheEngagementCoach.com.

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