About thirty years ago I woke up with a headache. Now we all do that from time to time but after about three weeks of waking up with a headache I started thinking I had a problem (I know, I’m a man, right?). My doctor’s recommendation was that I needed to check into a hospital for a battery of tests. So I checked into Forrest General Hospital in Hattiesburg, MS for an overnight stay that lasted five days.
After visits from every type of doctor from a Neurologist to a Podiatrist I finally found one who felt like he had found my problem… a Psychiatrist! I failed my psychological test. You can laugh but I seriously failed this test as badly as any test I had ever taken. I was prescribed some heavy psychotropic drugs and scheduled for a series of counseling sessions. Let me cut to the chase: I needed counseling but either did not know it or I knew it deep down inside but would not admit it to myself. Looking back, I think it was the later.
So my point in writing this blog is to help you decided if you or someone you love needs to seek counseling help without having to spend a week in the hospital being poked and prodded to find out. There are a lot of good self analysis plans to guide you in this that you can find if you type in Google the phrase “Do I Need Counseling?” Here is the link to one that I feel can help you decide whether or not you need to talk with someone: Counseling Self-Test
I know it may seem a little self-serving for me to write about the need for counseling. However, having been on the counselee side of counseling, I can say with confidence that it can help us to get a new perspective on life. I’ve read that the secret to healing is revealing and I agree. Going through life with a painted on smile saying “I’m fine” every time you are asked how you are doing is at best a lie and at worst life threatening.
Find appropriate help based on your need. Sometimes a trusted friend is enough. Other times you may need someone with the training to walk you through life issues. You have so many counseling options available to today. There is, of course, in-person counseling which would be the ideal, but there is also online therapy to consider. Online counseling is live counseling through a webcam and Skype (free video conferencing).
I would be honored to serve your counseling needs. I offer both in-person and online sessions. While I am unable at the present time to take insurance, I offer a sliding fee scale for you to decide what you can afford. Your first session is always free so that you can decide whether or not Ready4Life Counseling is for you. For more information you can check out my website www.ready4lifecounseling.com or call me at 601-818-5665.
By the way, I’m much better now. You can ask… well just take my word for it!