Counseling has been important seemingly since the dawn of society. From parents and grandparents advising other family members to community leaders guiding residents, counseling seems to have always been a natural part of the human experience. As people became more mobile during the Industrial Revolution and began migrating to cities, they became separated from traditional counselors in their families and communities. A lack of knowledge on how to address mental illness resulted in many people’s isolation in psychiatric hospitals and asylums.
With the advent of modern psychiatry, both medical professionals and society at large began to embrace the idea of psychiatric health and counseling. With widespread recognition of mental institutions’ ineffectiveness, a mental hygiene movement — led by psychiatrists, social workers, psychologists, and former hospital patients – began to sweep the country.
President John F. Kennedy endorsed the movement’s message — and the importance of counseling — when he signed the Community Mental Health Act in 1963. The law profoundly changed how mental health services were to be delivered and led to the introduction of mental health centers across the country. At the same time, many psychiatric hospitals were closed in favor of enhanced community-based services.
Counseling in the United States and the world are delivered via many human service settings and can be found in various institutions. Statistics from the US Department of Labor indicate that more than 665,500 counselors work in agencies, schools, organizations, private practice, personal and health care delivery systems, and other settings. These professionals work with people across the life span, from childhood through the senior years.
Here we are in 2021, and lots of stigmas still surround counseling. It is common for people to think that those who visit counselors are in some way “less than” people that do not require this type of treatment. Counseling can be beneficial for everyone, not just those who specifically need it to treat issues such as anxiety, depression, doubt/ lack of confidence, and more.
Here are the four reasons why counseling is essential to integrate into your lifestyle:
Speaking Your Mind
Visiting a counselor allows you to speak your truth without filters and pauses. You never have to worry about having others jump into your conversation or feel like you are dumping a massive burden on someone. Counselors act as a support system that allows you to speak in whatever way you need to find healing.
Validity and Clarity
Sometimes, sifting through your emotions is hard to do on your own. If you’re feeling confused about your feelings, it’s always best to find clarity through speaking with a professional. They will help you feel entitled to your emotions, regardless of how irrational you think they may be.
Answers and Explanations
Counselors go through many years of rigorous education to be able to analyze and assess the human condition. Regardless of your situation, they will explain what you are feeling and why you are feeling it.
Taking the step to visit a Counselor is an act of bravery. It can be challenging to talk to strangers about your burdens and struggles, especially if you feel as though they are unimportant in the larger scheme of life. Counselors are here to help you in any way you need, and, more importantly, they care deeply about helping you improve yourself.
It is essential to realize that counseling and mental health treatment is a healthy action for everybody. A little counseling can help everyone to improve in their everyday life.
Note: If you would like to know more about counseling in general or the counseling program at Bost, Inc., you can contact Jackie Scarborough, Ph.D., LPC, ACS, BCPC at firstname.lastname@example.org or 479-784-1449.
REFERENCE: 4 Reasons Why Counseling Is So Important | Mindset First. https://mindsetfirst.ca/4-reasons-why-counseling-is-so-important/
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