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|Stephanie Burchell, PhD, LMFTA
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Stephanie Burchell, PhD
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Asking for help can be tough. That?s hard to accept if we?ve been taught from early in life that we need to
be independent, strong and self-sufficient. Yet there are times when life can seem overwhelming. Events
or life situations may leave us feeling confused, troubled, depressed and unsure of how to make things
better. It might be work situations, family, school issues or a host of other common life situations. At such
times most of us usually see two options.
One is to tough it out, doing what we can while ignoring the rest and hoping things turn out okay. ?This
approach, even if we finally muddle through, can cause tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety, and
sometimes leads to much bigger and more serious problems. The second option is turning to family or
friends. ?That?s not a bad thing if those we trust with our fears and problems truly are understanding and
able to offer meaningful support and help. But sometimes family or friends are not available, or don?t have
the experience or the time to provide needed assistance. That?s when it?s time to consider a third option ?
Seeking out a counselor can be a difficult choice. It?s not only asking for help, but doing so with a stranger,
one you have to pay. Counseling professionals are trained to help people feeling overwhelmed and
unsure of what steps to take next. They don?t dictate cures to clients, but rather help their patients uncover
recognize that your problems are real and that you want to do something about them.
?The Counseling Corner? is provided as a public service by the American Counseling Association, the
nation?s largest organization of counseling professionals. ?