“I’m going to see my counselor,” is not a sentence we often hear people speak. We usually want to keep that part of our lives private. No one needs to know our business. No one needs to know that I am imperfect. No one needs to think that I don’t have it all together.
There’s already such a stigma against counseling. People associate going to a counselor with weakness. This is largely because many people think that the only reason to go to a counselor is to fix a problem.
Don’t get me wrong, often times we do see a counselor to receive help with various issues in our lives. However, this isn’t the only time to book a counseling session.
You don’t have to wait until the breaking point.
Book your counseling appointment before the breaking point.
I work at a Christian counseling center and every now and then I have conversations with the counselors at our office. A while back, one of our marriage counselors, Steve Fox, sat down in my office for some small talk. I asked him a few questions about marriage counseling purely based on my curiosity. Within minutes, my eyes were opened as he was describing many things such as the common patterns in marital relationships and the likely behaviors of a husband and wife.
My husband and I have been married for 2 years. We did go through pre-marital counseling, however, we have not seen a counselor since being married. I didn’t think we “needed” to. We didn’t have any “problems.” However, the information that my co-worker was offering to me reminded me that you don’t need massive issues in order to see a counselor.
You can see a counselor to prevent massive issues.
Let’s face it: life is hard. Kids. Bills. Differences of opinion. Arguments. Busyness. Jobs. Struggles. Financial stress. Worry. Losses. We live in a fallen world.
Who doesn’t need to sit down with someone and talk it all out? It’s healthy to verbalize your thoughts with someone you trust.
Counselors are trained to understand humans and the ways we operate. They provide the tools, and most importantly, the empathy to meet you where you’re at–whether in your marriage, your family, your job or your individual needs.
There is no shame in your reasoning for seeing a counselor, whether to fix existing issues or just to talk about your everyday life and prevent future issues.
If you desire to book a counseling session, call 225-341-4147. We’d be happy to set up an appointment for you!