Ever felt lost or confused on the road way and not sure if you are supposed to make that turn at the stoplight or go straight? Ever been lost on the road and for whatever reason, just don’t take the time to pull over to ask for directions? Even with a Global Positioning System (GPS), can the directions sometimes be a little unclear? Do I go west even when the highway road sign is written north?
Sometimes life can be confusing and stressful. There are times when unexpected situations happen or something happens in or out of your control. Who do you turn to when you feel lost and want some guidance and direction? Sometimes we can handle the stress alone and sometimes we confide in a trusted friend or family member. However, sometimes a problem appears impossible to solve and a little extra help is needed to work through it. There is no need to suffer alone. There is no shame in asking for support and a listening ear. There is nothing wrong with asking for help.
When seeking counseling, here are some things to think about and take action on.
- Realize the possibility that at some point in your life, you or someone you love may be in a position to benefit from reaching out to a mental health professional.
- Look for mental health professionals in your area. It is likely that agencies, hospitals, churches, schools, can recommend someone. If you are choosing to file with your insurance, it is likely your insurance carrier can give you some names. Also, you can ask someone you trust who has experienced life challenges and has attended counseling, if they can recommend someone to you.
- Contact a mental health professional and talk with that person to see if that is a good fit for you and is experienced in the challenges you are encountering. Ask questions about their credentials and experience.
- Schedule an appointment with the counselor or therapist.
- Share with others about a positive experience you have had in seeking help with a mental health professional. It may be helpful to someone else who may be looking for assistance.
- Remember, there is no shame in asking for help and support. One does not have be “crazy” to seek out help.
If you need help, please contact me.