Counseling: It's Not What You May Think

As I sat down to dinner last week with a friend and former co-worker, catching up after not seeing each other for a few months, the usual topics got covered: family, travel, other former co-workers. It was good to laugh and enjoy my friend's company again.

And we talked about our jobs. I suspect that, if you have caught up with former colleagues as I was doing, you've had the same questions: How do you like what you're doing now? What's the most exciting thing going on?

Which is why when I was asked, "Is counseling like those couch-and-therapist sessions I see in movies?", I was taken a bit by surprise. It occurred to me that a lot of people may not really know what the realities are about counseling, much less the worries people may have when it's suggested they talk with someone about an issue or issues they may be experiencing.

That's the reason for a recent video we put together with the help of one of the therapists at Solutions Community Counseling & Recovery Centers. The aim is to provide some idea of the counseling experience, and to reduce the fears of what it will be like to go in the first time. Take a look and let me know what you think. Helpful or not?

My former co-worker was happy. She got a few answers - and it changed her perspective. Let me know if it does the same for you: