You don’t have to be crazy to see a counsellor. What would Sex And The City be without Carrie and friends discussing their problems over cocktails? The foursome always went to each other for advice before anyone else. It’s a pretty realistic depiction of female friendship – women confide in mates during tough times. But is seeing a counsellor a more effective way to deal?
“Friendships are pretty important, but treating a friend like a counsellor is never a good idea,” says clinical psychologist Louise Adams from Self Essentials in Sydney. Adams says that pals often don’t know how to help, or may just tell you what they think you want to hear. “We get help for a lot of things in our lives. You’d go to a doctor to get your leg set if it were broken,” she argues. “Anxiety and depression are just as real as physical injuries and just as important to look after.”
Seeing a therapist VS speaking to a friend
You don’t even need to have a massive life drama before you book an appointment, as Mad Men’s January Jones admits. “I was travelling so much, and I just needed to make sure I was grounded and had someone to talk to,” she told a US magazine recently about seeing a therapist. You might not go to a counsellor just because you feel like a chat, but talking to a professional about your problems will probably be more helpful than venting to friends or workmates. Like trusting a mechanic to fix your car rather than trying to do it on your own, counsellors are trained and experienced in helping people manage difficult situations.
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