This article is a guest post from Refuel Counseling located in Cumming, GA
Counseling may be easier than you think.
Because the last couple of years have been tough, most of us find ourselves needing more
support. How do you know if counseling might be helpful? Who should go to counseling?
Everyone (Yes, I really believe everyone!) can benefit from counseling. Below are some
common themes that push people to consider counseling:
- Life Transitions
- Relationship issues
How do I find a counselor?
Ask trusted people in your life. Your friends or family might know a counselor personally. Reach
out to your local church, doctor or school for recommendations. When you receive
recommendations, it will be helpful to ask these few questions:
1. Do I want to see a male or female?
2. Do I want to meet in person or virtually?
3. Do I want my counselor to have any specialties or areas of expertise?
4. Is it important that my counselor is open to your faith perspective?
What should I expect when I go to counseling?
It’s ok to feel nervous for your first meeting; just show up. Your first session is a great time for
you to get to know your counselor. Primarily, you want to feel comfortable to be open and
honest. If your counselor listens well and provides a safe and confidential environment, you
should commit to at least 3-4 sessions. Then if you don’t feel like it’s a good fit, try again with
What are the benefits of counseling?
Time and space to:
- talk through your thoughts and feelings with a non-judgmental 3rd party,
- learn coping skills and strategies
- improve communication and interpersonal skills
- gain relief from depression and anxiety
- identify and replace self-defeating thoughts
- work on behaviors you would like to change.
What are some common reasons people don’t take a next step for counseling?
- Think of this as a long-term investment.
- Many counselors offer reduced fee options, or offer an intern at a reduced rate,
or take insurance to help offset the cost.
- Recognize that everybody struggles.
- It is a strength, not a weakness, to ask for help.
Bad experience in the past:
- Not all counselors are the same.
- Find someone who fits the answers you have for the four questions about how
to find a counselor.
- Counselors offer online and in person sessions to fit your schedule.
There is no better time than the present to invest in your mental health and in your life skills by seeking wise and helpful support.
Life can be exhausting, Refuel wants to help. Refuel Counseling is a space where you can work on being the best version of you as you navigate life’s circumstances. Learn more by visiting their website.