In the United States, the idea of seeking counseling is often perceived with negativity. Those who may want or need counseling can be seen as less capable than others to handle their own problems themselves. “Don’t air your dirty laundry in public,” some say.
More than three-in-five Americans have reported personal experience with a mental health issue, however. This staggering statistic shows that said ‘dirty laundry’ is experienced by the majority of the American public. Further, an estimated 59 million people have received counseling for their reported mental health issues in recent years. In short, the negative connotation of seeking counseling reflects very little on the real numbers associated with those who seek counseling.
Why do Americans seek counseling? There are a few general standards that are common amongst mental health patients:
Mental Disorders – diagnosed mental disorders such as depression, anxiety, phobias, addiction, ADHD, PTSD, and more are all supported by counseling treatment.
Distress – when levels of distress prevent people from being able to perform regular daily tasks, mental health counseling can help.
Support/Coping – if there has been a loss or major change in someone’s life, chances are they shouldn’t face it alone. Counseling can provide a safe, nurturing place for a person to find the support they need in times of grief or crisis.
Communication – Therapists are highly skilled at helping people communicate their needs and feelings constructively. Counseling services can provide guidance on how to communicate in relationships, at work, and more.
Self-Exploration – Some people are curious about themselves and want a deeper understanding of who they are, what they want, and why they react the way they do. Counseling is a way to dig deeper into these and other personal attributes.
In San Ramon, Treehouse Family Counseling Services, PC provides counseling for individual adults, couples, families, and children. A team of professional clinicians are ready to help develop and support treatment plans specially formatted for any issue large or small.