Myth: Counseling is only for people with severe mental illness.
- Reality: Most people who seek counseling services do not have a severe mental illness. Everyone has difficulties at some point in their lives and can use help with everyday issues: life transitions, relationship problems, etc.
Myth: Seeking counseling is a sign of weakness.
- Reality: Asking for help is a strength. It takes courage and maturity to express sensitive feelings and painful experiences in order to resolve difficulties.
Myth: Seeking counseling is a sign of inadequacy.
- Reality: Nothing has to be wrong with a person in order to seek counseling. Counseling is a means of taking proactive steps to deal with life challenges.
Myth: Counseling history and records will be viewed by and shared with others.
- Reality: Counseling records are kept separate from a student’s academic file and do not become part of the student’s academic record.
Myth: Counseling will be forever.
- Reality: Counseling is a process; and it may be short-term or long-term depending on the person’s needs and preferences. Counseling is an opportunity to learn about oneself and this can take some time.
Myth: Counseling is a waste of time.
- Reality: No one is immune from feelings of stress, anxiety, sadness, and anger, especially when undergoing major life changes or facing major stressors. Counseling can provide great insight, feedback, and alternative ways to deal with challenges.
Myth: Talking about problems will make them worse.
- Reality: Counseling can bring up unhappy memories or strong feelings, but this is a normal part of the healing process. A counselor will help the client to safely get through painful experiences.