Risks of counselling? What?
“Risks” sounds so dramatic. When I first heard the idea, I thought it sounded silly. However, there is a decent reason for this consideration: making an informed decision. In plain language, having an idea of what you are getting into, before jumping in with both feet.
Let’s take the example of eating a peach. The idea of “risks” involved with eating a peach may seem ridiculous. Peaches taste delicious. They are a healthy food choice. What’s the problem? Well, if you have never eaten a peach and do not know about the big pit in the centre, you might get a taste of that yummy sweetness and chomp into it with enthusiasm, chipping a tooth on the pit. There’s a reason it is sometimes called a “stone.”
The point is simply to be informed. To know some basics about counselling, before jumping into it.
Here are some potential risks to think about:
- You might feel uncomfortable and awkward talking about personal thoughts and feelings.
- You might hear something surprising. Not necessarily the pleasant kind of surprise. I may offer suggestions or make recommendations (sometimes) which you do not really like or agree with.
- Disappointment is a risk. While counselling can be very helpful, it does not work perfectly, 100% of the time, for 100% of people.
Of course, my job includes planning and interventions to help minimize risks. This starts with informing you that risks exist, and encouraging you to think about them before proceeding. I also work hard to help prevent and manage risks such as those listed above.
The benefits of counselling are fairly straightforward. You come to counselling because you want to achieve something. For some, this is as simple as the opportunity to be heard, understood and validated.
Usually, there is also a desire for some sort of change and improvement. To make progress toward one or more goals. Helping you to achieve progress toward your goal(s) is the the most obvious benefit of counselling.
To discuss how Chris might help you work toward your goals, call (226) 932-7111.