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Watch Out for the Five Roadblocks that May Impede Your Plan to Get Professional Help



Watch Out for the Five Roadblocks that May Impede Your

Plan to Get Professional Help


There is a prevailing idea that counseling is a difficult, embarrassing, and risky process of improving a person’s attitude, behavior, or character. This leads some individuals to be reluctant to seek help from mental health professionals. Most often, counseling is regarded as a last resort after attempts to manage difficulties on their own or with the help of others have not been successful.

This misconception about counseling persists despite studies supporting the effectiveness and benefits of counseling for people in emotional distress. Over the years, the popularity of counseling has grown rapidly, yet barriers still abound that inhibit people in need from seeking professional help. The consequences of avoiding help are often severe. Thus, it is important to clearly identify the common barriers to seeking treatment.


Factors that Lead to Avoiding Help

  1. Social stigma, shame, or fear—One of the most significant barriers to treatment is the perception that counseling is something to be ashamed of. In the past, the public tended to negatively judge and label individuals who sought help for their psychological or emotional health issues. Today, the proven benefits of counseling have made it a popular and widely accepted approach not only for treating distressing thoughts, emotions or behavior, but also for support and guidance in making decisions regarding issues like relationships, career change, or relocation. Getting counseling is far better than remaining unhealthy or confused because of the negative judgments of others.
  1. Denial—Refusal to accept that a problem or difficulty exists may affect an individual’s decision to seek treatment. People with this passive stance may also proclaim that they can figure out the difficulties on their own. The real truth is that, regardless of how talented and successful you are, the intervention of an expert is needed to help you with an obvious issue way beyond your control.
  1. Fear of re-experiencing the traumaThe thought of rehashing problems and reliving the painful past makes some people dread seeking counseling. Some people are not comfortable discussing their personal issues with a stranger. However, in counseling, that stranger is a professional with training and experience in helping people improve, change, and feel better. A therapist may open up an almost healed wound or extract the source of pain if that is necessary to heal you completely.
  1. Expenses involvedThe anticipated cost of counseling can influence a person’s decision about seeking treatment. Sure, counseling may requires some cash up front (depending on your insurance), but it pays off in the long run. Deciding not to get treatment because of its price tag may bankrupt you emotionally. Counseling is a good use of your hard-earned money, especially if your emotional health or future happiness is at stake.
  1. Loved ones (family and friends)A strong network of support that encourages a person to seek help is necessary for that person to proceed. If the important people, no matter how well-meaning they are, do not consider the problem to be serious, the person is less likely to get counseling. Studies have shown that people deciding to get professional help talk to members of their social network, including family and friends. The value of their opinions and attitudes cannot be discounted. However, you must choose wisely whom to trust and share with and determine how they can really help. A counselor, on the other hand, can help you figure out how to overcome your difficulties within the boundaries of the information you share without going overboard.


Making the Right Decision for Your Health and Happiness

Apart from these five barriers, there are more real roadblocks out there that may prevent you from seeking professional help. For many, reluctance to get the help they need is based on a lack of understanding, information, or awareness of whether getting counseling is the right decision. If one of more of these impediments is preventing you from seeking help, do not hesitate to call Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, on Hwy 87, near Linden Oaks.

No matter what factor is blocking your way to get help, the right-fit counselor independently contracted with Carolina Counseling Services — Cameron, NC, will help you find your way to the other side of the road and feel more positive, healthier, and happier. Call now to schedule an appointment.Seeking therapy can be one of the best decisions you ever make.

Serving Areas: Carolina Counseling Services – Cameron, NC

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Areas: Cameron NC, Linden Oaks NC, Sprout Springs NC, Anderson Creek NC, Olivia NC, Pineview NC, Johnsonville NC, Spring Lake NC

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Rose Thomas, MA, LPC, LCAS, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 5+) Children, Teens, Individuals, Couples and Families. Anxiety, Depression, ODD (Oppositional Defiance Disorder, ADHD, Relationship Issues, Marriage Counseling, Parenting, PTSD/Trauma Recovery, Acute Stress Disorder, Adult Sexual Abuse Survivors, Adjustment Disorders, Depressive Disorders, Persistent Depressive Disorder, Bipolar and Related Disorders, Self-injurious/Self-Harm, Generalized Anxiety Disorder, Panic Disorder, Agoraphobia, Separation Anxiety, Disruptive Disorders, Conduct Disorder, Marital Conflict and Discord, LGBT, Substance Use Disorders
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Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Individuals, families, PTSD, Trauma, Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing (EMDR) Adjustment Disorder, ADHD, Depression, Anxiety, communication skills, and Parenting Skills, Behavior Management, Life transitions, Family Conflict, Difficulty Coping, Relationship Problems, Depression, Anxiety

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Shirlisa Daniels, MS, LPC, NCC

Specializes in: (Ages 4+) Children, Teens, Adults and Individuals, Families, Anxiety Disorders, Depression, Panic Disorder, Bipolar Disorder, ADHD, ODD, PTSD, Relationship Issues, Conflict Resolution and Life Transitions
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Holly Ring, LMFT

Specializes in: (Ages 7+) Adolescents, College Students, Individuals, Couples, and Families, Anxiety, Depression, Trauma (child and adult, TFCBT certified), Relationship Issues, Coping Skills, Adjustment Disorders, Life Transitions, Suicidal Ideation, Self-esteem, OCD, ADHD, Behavioral Issues, Parenting Skills, LGBTQ
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