Did you know that many older adults are choosing to see counselors? While in years past not much was known about the benefits of talking to a mental health professional, it is clear that talking through issues, pain, and experiences you have had in your past (or are dealing with currently) is very important.
Have you ever considered talking to a counselor? If so, good for you! If not, here are some reasons why you might start thinking about it:
Going to a Counselor Helps Provide Perspective
If you’ve experienced a traumatic event, or even if you just feel like you may have experienced a traumatic event at any stage in your life, it’s important to talk to someone who can provide you with perspective as you begin to or continue to heal.
Talk Through Things that Concern You
As we age, it’s common to feel concerned about what lies ahead–for you and your family. Talk through these fears or concerns with a counselor in order to help navigate t
Manage Ever-Changing Relationships
Your relationship with your siblings, spouse, and children may very well change on a regular basis as you age. Talking through a counselor is a great way to get an impartial person to help you sort out the good and bad things that come with relationships and then to identify healthy patterns and behavior.
Learn to Appreciate the Person God Made You to Be
Sometimes we carry pain from even our earliest years and it colors the way we see ourselves. If you’re not at peace with who you are, it might be a good idea to explore that person and better understand yourself. A good counselor has no agenda in your relationship other than to provide a therapeutic atmosphere where you and wants to help you find peace. It’s never too late to work through and past difficult moments so that you may live more fully.
A Counselor May Be Able to Give You a Diagnosis
If you read the term “diagnosis” and think, “There’s nothing wrong with me that Jesus can’t fix,” take a moment to consider the many times that you’ve been to a medical doctor. If you struggle with anxiety, depression, a personality disorder, or any number of mental health issues, please know, it has nothing to do with your faith. Just like your body needs professional help at times, so does your mind. Receiving a diagnosis, in addition to talking through things, from a mental health professional is a great way to gain understanding into who you are and how you’ve been perceiving your life all this time.