Misconceptions about counsellors
COUNSELLORS DON’T KNOW A PERSON AND HENCE CANNOT GIVE PROPER ADVICE
The thing to know here is that the job of the counsellors is to give you an unbiased and completely non-judgemental analysis. Not being an active part of a client’s life, enables the counsellors to give proper diagnosis. As a third person, it becomes easier for the counsellor to give the professional opinion.
Whatever information is necessary for the therapy to progress, is taken by the counsellor through direct means like asking the client or gaining some background information through the close ones.
COUNSELLING IS FOR MENTALLY UNSTABLE PEOPLE
This is a major misconception and often arises from the stigma which is associated with mental disorders.
Through what has been fed to the people using movies and horrid descriptions, people tend to think that mental disorders are one dimensional. There is a fixed image of what mentally unstable people behave like and how they are medically treated. This is completely false.
Anyone, struggling with problems and issues which seem out of their control can deal with them by visiting a counsellor. Something that seems major to you may not be very stressful for someone else. Everyone’s threshold is different and therefore the generalisation is completely false.
COUNSELLING IS A VERY SLOW PROCESS
The time taken a counsellor takes for treating the client varies from person to person. It also depends upon the response of the client. Some may take longer to deal with the issues and will therefore need more sessions while some may begin to feel better from the very first session.
COUNSELLING WILL CHANGE YOU AS A PERSON
The counsellor never aims to change you and turn you into a different person. In fact he/she will encourage to bring about changes on your own and only if you think those changes are necessary. This does not work by force. A counsellor will help you to change things which you do not like and again, the power lies with you only.
COUNSELLORS DO NOT HAVE ISSUES OF THEIR OWN
Counsellors are human beings too. They have issues just like we do. However, they may be able to deal with them better because they have practised the art before. This does not mean that they have no problems and show no erratic emotions.