Shattering the Stigma of Counseling
by KLS
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The American Counseling Association has designated the month of April as Counselor Awareness Month (C.A.M.). During this month, counselors around the world, who are members of the American Counseling Association, have been tasked with the responsibility of bringing awareness to our profession and our services.

Although counseling has become mainstream there continues to be lack of social acceptance among society of those who utilize counseling services. As a result of society negative perception of counseling, individuals who are experiencing unexpected life circumstances or stressors choose not to pursue counseling.

There are several reasons why an individual may seek counseling that doesn't include having a serious mental condition. Individuals typically pursue counseling to assist with their ability to cope with life challenges. Some of those challenges have been identified as academic-related issues, health concerns, financial problems, interpersonal issues, work-related stressors, career issues, and relational and family conflicts.

It has been shown that engaging in counseling while experiencing these challenges can be helpful to and allow you to develop the skills needed to effectively cope. Furthermore, you are able to invest positively in your overall health and well-being; emotionally, mentally, and physically; which can be considered an act of courage and not perceived as a weakness.

The American Counseling Association has noted that there are currently over 600,000 counselors who are employed within a variety of settings providing a wide range of services to several unique populations. Ultimately, it is the goal of counselors to contribute to the growth and development of individuals by helping them to achieve their full potential in life.


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JimmyMack commented on Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 13:37 PM

Welcome KLS. WE need you here. That is some of the very best info ever posted here. Stress and life challenges affect us all at times and talking to a healthy professional counselor can be the most positive thing you can do for yourself during these times.

I am not ashamed to say I have sought out advice and counseling during a difficult period in my life. It was THE BEST thing I ever did for myself.

Great info!

KLS commented on Wednesday, Apr 02, 2014 at 15:28 PM

Thank you so much, JimmyMack. I have been contemplating if I would post anything and felt that there was no better time than now.

I am so glad to hear that you are not ashamed to say that you have sought out counseling during a difficult time. So many individuals are embarrassed by the labels and the stigma that comes along with having said they went to counseling. I am truly hoping to enlighten our community of the benefits of seeking out counseling.

I will make sure to post more information in the coming days, week, month, and year.

sebekm commented on Thursday, Apr 03, 2014 at 12:02 PM

Great! Welcome, KLS.


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