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Is counseling helpful?

Posted by @bhs in Mental Health, Nov 19, 2012

I just started to see a counselor this month and am wondering how others feel about it? I have some things I have never discussed with anyone and do not believe I can. Nothing criminal or such, just life that happens.that can not be changed at this time. Worse during Sept. thru March. Until now my MD, who used to be a Dr. for a mental hospital and very smart has been subscribing as with all Drs. trial and error.
My question are: Is counseling helpful? and a psychotherapist or psychiatrist? And are you comfortable addressing personal info?

Tags: mental health

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 20, 2012

I have both a psychiatrist and a therapist. Counseling or therapy is an opportunity to unload about problems and to learn how to use the mind in how to deal with mental illness. This works for my disorder- schizo-affective disorder. It helps me think in healthier ways and gives me advice. Rest assured. A pill can only do so much. Mental Health problems sometimes require a professional opinion. Since I am not a mental health professional I cannot tell you whether you should see a therapist. You may want to ask your doctor...It is good that you opened up to this website. Seeing a counselor or therapist is a safe relationship which I am very comfortable with

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 23, 2012

Thanks Ann! I ordered my sad light and it should be here Wed. I am seeing my regular physician the 3rd. And will address the issue with him. Will post to you when I have used my SAD light for at least a week. Hope you had a Happy Thanksgiving! Mine was good as it gets. Today was wonderful. Tonight I feel the sadness! But then Holidays are terrible for me. My kids tell me no matter how I tried to put on a brave face that they always saw the sadness underneath.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 23, 2012

Hi BHS, That is great that you will have your light box soon. You will feel a lot better after a few days, a few weeks. But to keep on feeling better you need to use it everyday even if you feel great or if you don't feel like it.

I am glad that you enjoyed your Thanksgiving! Part of our family celebrated it at an all you can eat restaurant. The buffet was tasty...I hope that you will get high in the celebration of the holidays!

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 24, 2012

My husband fixed me and him a touching 2 person dinner Thanksgiving, no running here and there, and today we had brunch at 10 at my daughter's house with all the family. I actually enjoyed it tremendously. No trying to balance their in-laws and peace, joy, laughter and Thanks with just our family! A first ! No HOLIDAY
BLUES!

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 24, 2012

I am glad that you are having a good beginning to the holiday season...I swim and do other exercise which my mental health professionals say helps some mental health symptoms. I swam today. I am less anxious - more relaxed when the healthy energy surges throughout my body.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 24, 2012

So happy for you! You are a fighter I can tell. Hope your holidays are better with each day. . If I start my day with Bible Reading and Prayer the day is often better. My faith keeps me going.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 24, 2012

Thanks for the well wishes towards the holidays. I start the day with prayer also. I am Catholic. What religion are you? There is a higher power beyond ourselves. My therapist encourages her clients to be religious. Spirituality is precious stuff in most all religions.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 24, 2012

I am Baptist. And I agree completely.! Living in a small town makes the selection limited as to therapist. Everyone knows everyone else's business. I went to the next town and lo and behold my therapist is from my town. And I do not trust them not to talk. Maybe not names but enough info people can figure it out. Not that they are bad, just human and everybody talks about work! LOL!

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 25, 2012

I pray right now that you will get the psychiatric care that you need and that your therapist will keep your words confidential...I live in Madison, Wisconsin. There is a lot of competition between medical providers, because there is a world class teaching university here. When I lived in Stevens Point, Wisconsin there were not many choices for my medical needs.

hanss3

Posted by @hanss3, Nov 26, 2012

Hi BHS

A counselor is legally required to keep your information confidential, with the exception of imminent danger you will harm yourself or in some criminal cases.
If you can find a psychologist that is registered with a Federal or State association you can be very certain they will be ethical. Sometimes counselors will belong to a small group of co-counselors to get a perspective on a patient's obstacle but they will not reveal their patients name or any issues other than the specific difficulty in understanding The other counselors are bound by the same confidentiality as your therapist. A counselor that reveals a patients information can be reported to the regulating association he reports to and it is serious as he/she can be banned from practicing.

As you develop trust, you may find you can reveal very painful things and it will help resolve how you *think* about an issue, even those that cannot be changed.
Good Luck!

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 27, 2012

Thank You!

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 30, 2012

Hello HanS3, I agree with your posting. I once had a psychiatrist who told me that information given to mental health providers is privileged information. BHS is protected by law and so are the rest of us mental health patients.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 26, 2012

Thanks Ann,
I think our prayers have been answered. I did not find another counselor within 75 miles but I found an article on "Focus On The Family" that describes so much of what I am going thru. It is called "Living without Constant Guilt" and you might like to read it. The link is http://www.focusonthefamily.com/lifechallenges/emotional_health/living_without_constant_guilt.aspx Another good article on the same thing is True Or False Guilt at this link http://flobe.hubpages.com/hub/Guilty-True-or-False I have ordered the book mentioned on Focus on the family. Both these and the book I think are real answers to prayers. And how is your week?

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 30, 2012

Hello BHS,

I am late in replying because my SAD makes me exhausted periodically during the day. In addition to the light box I am taking a high dose of bupropion. it will take a few weeks for it to kick in. My psychiatrist suggested this. I will read the links that you sent. Thank you...God answers prayers in unique ways. Right now I pray that your SAD will not knock you out...

I am looking for a job at a local grocery store as either a bagger of groceries or as a product demonstrator. I have experience in both of these jobs...I met with the head of the store and when they have more business I will be the first one that he will call. He said that my application is on top of his pile. Please pray that I will get a job there for 15 hours per week soon. I need the money to supplement my mental disability money. I will continue to keep you in my prayers..

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 30, 2012

Prayer just went up! I will continue to pray for that and your SAD. I got my light box 2 days ago. And I think its a combination of prayers, light box and the sun shining that has given me a new lease on life the last couple of days. I am tired now but it is from working around home to catch up on all the days SAD took away from me. Send a note when you have time.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Nov 30, 2012

BHS, I am glad that you are feeling better. You will notice affects from your light box..

misskaseyvolk

Posted by @misskaseyvolk, Nov 24, 2012

I think counseling is a very good tool.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 24, 2012

Thank for the reply. I am batting around whether to go back or not. Really liked my counselor. He was my age. But I know I will never discuss anything but generalities about how I feel. No personal stuff. He can't change the past. So I am wondering if the money spent is worth it. Will discuss with my Dr.

Posted by Anonymous-6344c0bf, Nov 24, 2012

Counseling is helpful if you have the right therapist who is in tune with your needs. Someone you can trust and have an open provider client relationship with.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Jan 10, 2013

I agree!

katesomerville

Posted by @katesomerville, Nov 27, 2012

Spent thousands, been to many. Use caution. They get into counseling for all kinds of wrong reasons, and we end up being willing victims. I have found peer groups and Yoga to be more positive, safe and comfortable.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Nov 27, 2012

Thanks for your input. I have decided with God's & friends help I can learn and there is little that I can not find on the net, nor any answers that aren't in the Bible.
I realize therapy has been a great help to many, but God leads each of us in different direction.

melrose

Posted by @melrose, Dec 6, 2012

My Councelor is a christian. She has helped me to understand myself better.
There are all kinds out there. I found mine through church

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Dec 6, 2012

I checked with church. Pastor knew none except one which was lay (non-professional) counselors. And the one I had was not what I was looking for.
Thanks for replying. Doc. said if I still needed one after 3 weeks on meds. He knew a good one that he would recommend. I emailed one here in town to ask if she would be considered a Christian counselor and got no answer..

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Jan 13, 2013

Hello BHS, I am happy that you found your own answers to what bothers you. We are all different. I have just said a prayer for you.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Jan 10, 2013

Different things work for different people. My therapists and psychiatrists have all worked well with me.

piglit

Posted by @piglit, Jan 10, 2013

i find that it's good to go and talk to someone who you can confide in about the way that your'e feeling.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Jan 13, 2013

Yes Piglet. It is important to confide with your counselor and to feel at ease - even better. The therapist's expertise is also important. My therapist engages in "Active Listening." She does not focus on advice. She also told me that this is because what is good for one person may not be good for another.

bhs

Posted by @bhs, Jan 14, 2013

Hi All,
The Dr. put me on Pristique and although I can only take it every other day. It is wonderful for me. And at this time I really need no counseling. Went to the Dr. today and he was very happy. So good luck to all! My SAD lampt is also wonderful.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Jan 15, 2013

Hello BHS,

This is not your time to see a counselor or therapist. I went several years with meds as the main focus. Then about 3 years ago I did/am seeing a therapist. I do not know what I would do without her...Here is a toast to your happiness.

annheaney

Posted by @annheaney, Dec 25, 2012

Hello BHS, I am very comfortable with my psychotherapist and psychiatrist. With a psychotherapist the chemistry between you and he/she is important. And it may take a while to share your problems. A psychiatrist specializes in prescribing psychiatric meds. I am also comfortable with her. Please understand. What I write works well with me. It might not work with someone else according to my therapist. I pray now that you will find what works for you. I will remember you in my prayers.

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