World champion swimmer, Michael Phelps, is one of the most successful athletes of all time. He’s said, “You don’t have to wait for it to get that bad. Therapy isn’t just for people struggling with serious mental illness, you can reach out at any time you think that you need help. It’s proven to work.”
Despite his success, he reported that he has struggled with both anxiety and depression for most of his life. Michael made the decision to seek assistance from a professional therapist. He has credited this choice as helping to save his life.
The Stigma of Counseling
Counseling still carries a stigma. Some are not open to attempt to get help. No matter how far we have advanced intellectually, technologically, and any other way you can think of, we still do not have a handle on one of the most important components of the human psyche; our own mental health. We believe in going to the doctor, going to the gym, going to the chiropractor, or getting a massage. However, we can’t bring ourselves to go and see a person who is specially trained in mental health to guide us through our challenges and fears. As a society, this does not make a lot of sense.
Reasons to Reach Out
Therapy is so much more than sitting on a couch. Here is the reality: Counseling is an exceptionally beneficial tool that helps with a variety of concerns ranging from anxiety, depression, relationship issues, parental assistance, sexual issues and trauma. Although, it doesn’t stop there! Mental health professionals are trained to assist you with just about anything you can think of that you have, or are currently going through. We get it, reaching out is not easy! But, it sure beats having to tackle the problem alone, or without proper guidance in order to make the best decision for yourself or your family. Just think about it.
For more information on mental health, counseling, counseling topics, or any other mental health need, we are here for you! Please do not hesitate to reach out to one of our counselors at 832-421-8714.