Myths About Counseling

TV, Movies, and Social Media often portray counseling/therapy with an altered perception that is often inaccurate. Many people are unsure about the mystery of counseling/therapy and are hesitant because of common "myths" they have heard of. Have you heard these myths? We have too.

1) "Therapy is for people with serious issues"

       You do not need to be diagnosed with a mental health disorder in order to seek therapy. Therapy can benefit a wide range of issues. Many therapists specialize in working with individuals who have more common relationship struggles or are facing issues that are very common in society, such as happiness in career, stress, or adjustment problems.

2) "Why pay for therapy when I can get advice from my friends?" ,"Therapy is common sense",  and "I don't want someone telling me what to do"

        While the importance of the support and encouragement of family and friends can never be undervalued, a professional relationship with an unbiased professional can give you insight into issues and greater understanding in relationships. Mental health professionals are specifically educated in the dynamics of relationships, in the greater understanding of various concerns, and help to understand reasons behind feelings and behaviors. A therapist won't tell you what you "need to" do. In fact, therapists follow strict ethical guidelines and most times don't give what is typically called "advice".          

4) "Therapy is too expensive"

        Costs of therapy ranges based on a number of factors. In fact, many therapists will work to meet you at your needs-level. If a therapist is unable to accommodate your needs, he/she can refer you to a therapist who can. Many health insurance companies are able to compensate.

5) "People who go to therapy are weak"

        Seeking help for problems means taking action. In fact, those who seek out help for issues before they become more deep-rooted have personal insight and inner strength. Much the same as physical health and going to see a doctor, it can be difficult to heal yourself when sick.

Credentialing = What Do Those Letters Mean?
LPC = Licensed Professional Counselor

               A mental health counselor who has graduated with a Master's Degree in a mental-health related field and received at least 3,000 hours of supervised     training. Licensed Professional Counselors must follow a code of ethics and report to the state board of mental health counseling in their state.

LPC-S= Licensed Professional Counselor-Supervisor

            A mental health counselor who has received their Licensed Professional Counselor license, and has gained an extra licensure in order to supervise LPC trainees.

LPC-Intern = Licensed Professional Counselor- Intern

            A mental health counselor who has recently graduated with a Master's Degree in a mental-health related field and is receiving their 3,000 hours of supervised training under supervision of an LPC-S

RPT= Registered Play Therapist

           A registered play therapist has received their LPC license and has received 150 hours of play therapy specific instruction, and 500 hours of play therapy specific supervised training

RPT-S= Registered Play Therapist Supervisor

           A mental health counselor who has received their LPC license and their RPT license. In addition to these licenses, he/she has gone on to gain an additional 3 years and 3,000 hours of general clinical experience after initial RPT licensure. This individual has also received 500 more hours of play therapy experience.

Resources You May Find Helpful:

1) Texas State Board of Examiners of Professional Counselors: http://www.dshs.state.tx.us/counselor/

2) "8 Things I Miss Most as a Result of Chronic Pain and Illness" Article by Toni Bernhard, J.D. From www.PsychologyToday.com

                            http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/turning-straw-gold/201304/8-things-i-miss-most-result-chronic-pain-and-illness

3) "Why See A Therapist When You Can Just Talk To Your Friends?" Article by Lynn Somerstein, PhD, RYT From www.GoodTherapy.org

                     http://www.goodtherapy.org/blog/therapist-versus-friends/

4) "14 Common Misconceptions About People Who Go to Therapy" Article by Sahaj Kohli From www.m.huffpost.com

                     http://m.huffpost.com/us/entry/7286204 

5) "9 Myths and Facts About Therapy" Article by Margarita Tartakovsky, MS From http://www.psychcentral.com

                      http://psychcentral.com/lib/9-myths-and-facts-about-therapy/0009331

6) ""It's Okay": Why You Shouldn't Dismiss The Emotions of A Child" Article by Sleeping Should Be Easy

                      http://sleepingshouldbeeasy.com/2012/04/23/its-okay-why-shouldnt-dismiss-childs-fears/

7) "If Physical Health Problems Were Treated Like Mental Health Problems" Video by Buzzfeed.com

                     http://www.buzzfeed.com/kennymoffitt/if-physical-health-problems-were-treated-like-mental-health#.umqweN30K