Making a decision to seek professional help may be challenging. People go through the process of decision-making that is often challenging and controversial to their inner person. In many occasions, the victim faces a dilemma evaluating the benefits and cons of the decision. Social stigma, negative social norms , fear of self-disclosure, low self-esteem and fear of exposing emotions to the counselor may hinder one from seeking psychological help. On the other hand, understanding that those benefits outweigh these avoidance factors motivates one to seek help.
Many a time people, perceive counseling as a last resort to their problem. They only turn to professional counselors when situation is completely out of hand. Seeking professional counseling is a basic health need. A person is facing challenges in life issues such as work and school difficulties, family matters, financial problems, career development unrealistic expectations, chronic worries, and having negative self-thought. It is necessary to note that, divorce and terminating a relations are not the only situations where we need professional counseling but it is necessary throughout life
It is also necessary to consider it professional counseling a health promotional practice.it is necessary for a health person to seek professional help when faced with life challenges rather than waiting until mental disorders occur. Incase stress persists; it may become expensive and hectic to reverse the situation. Counseling empowers a person to make decisions that are beneficial to us and even to make right choices.
It is possible to note when ones’ problem is persistently going out of hand. The person is likely to experience sleeping and digestive problems, compressed immunity, eczema, weight loss and heart problems. In such a time, professional counselors are of significant help, and we need to consult them. In essence, family members, spiritual leaders, close friends whom the victim believes can listen and be confidential.
In conclusion, mental health is the drive of our wellbeing. Both victim and counselors need to understand what drives one to seek the help and who to turn to when in need.
Insel, Paul M, and Walton T. Roth. Core Concepts in Health. Mountain View, CA: Mayfield Pub. Co, 1988. Print.