Updated: Mar 26, 2021
The road to the perfect match between a client and a counsellor is ignoring the stigma attached to reaching out and finding professional who will support you down the path of therapy.
There are those who believe that when someone is seeing a therapist or counsellor there is something weak, lacking or wrong with that person. I know that in the UK it starting to get better but some of the old traditionalist sadly still believe that "keep calm and carry on"is the way to go. I occasionally still hear a low mumble in the back seats of naysayers, when I talk about the benefits of having therapy.
However as seen recently in the media, the Royal Family have spoken about seeking help with their mental health issues, and various famous and celebrated stars and dignitaries have shared that they have sought help and felt the positive benefits of being "in treatment".
I have often quoted to clients, friends and family, that no one "bats and eye"if we were to break a bone in our body and we had psychotherapy in order to repair and recover, yet with .profession
Why is there still a sniff of stigma that sharing with a trained professional pain and suffering regarding mental health and emotions, is made into such a shameful and discriminating undertaking.
Scratching beneath the surface, historically people with mental health issues in the past were not understood, and treated badly. In notorious institutions such as Bedlam in London (in which the term "Bedlam"derives from when talking about uncontrolled chaos).
People especially women who had mental breakdowns or depression were cruelly punished by being spurn in chairs, dunked in cold baths and starved.
In the media over the last 100 years or more those with mental health issues have often been portrayed as evil. Mental health issues have been misunderstood for many years, it is only now that I have found the youth of today are being more open and accepting about getting help.
Mental Health in 2021
Today we know better and have a greater understanding of the brain, and the collected elements which contribute to mental health issues. With knowledge, training and empathetic understanding therapy can relieve a lot of suffering. It gives a person time and space to work through problems with non-judgemental, neutral professional. It also helps to gain insight and a different perspective. With the right therapeutic alliance between counsellor and client, support can alone be highly beneficial.