Who Comes For Counselling?
Because our problems, thoughts, childhood and family dynamics are all very personal some people are reluctant to openly discuss their distress with others. For the same reason, they often do not discover that their best friend, colleague, or family member has also received personal guidance from a professional.
The truth however, is that counselling and psychotherapy is not limited to any group, age, gender, issue, culture or sexual orientation.
- Men do not seek help for their problems. This is not true. Men attend as often as women. Stress, relationships, career and aging are some common issues.
- People of any age can benefit from counselling. True. Every age and stage of human development has its challenges. Relationships, stress, deaths of loved ones, caring for adult children or aged parents, retirement and depression are some examples of life stressors. Marriage, divorce, remarriage and blended families bring about their own concerns. Both, children and adults are impacted by life’s complications and can benefit from professional guidance.
- Teens only need counselling if they do not have a good family. False. Many teens are confused about their future, their relationships, drugs, alcohol, sex and family issues. Some have experienced abuse in their past or in their current relationships. Many have come from good, supportive families but still are confused by life. Teens appreciate an unbiased professional who will provide non-judgmental but honest guidance and accurate information.
- Children do not benefit from counselling. False. Unfortunately, children also need counselling at times. From approximately aged 3 and up, play therapy and/or talk therapy (depending on the child) helps children share and work out their concerns. Some of the problems that little children deal with include sexual abuse, domestic violence, alcoholism in the family, divorce, access visits, step-parents, and learning difficulties such as ADD/ADHD, which leads to problems with learning, fitting in and social skills.
Often the most difficult part of counselling and psychotherapy is making that initial call. The setting is spacious and relaxing. Parking is easy and plentiful. Call now.