Counseling is a field that is ever-changing. From new theories on human behavior, to brain development research, and even using animals to assist those with mental illness—counseling is evolving. This week at Imagine Hope we are going to discuss the ways the field of counseling is changing…for the better!
One of the ways counseling is improving is that the stigma associated with it is decreasing. It used to be a very secretive and shameful thing to go to counseling. No one talked about it, because no one wanted to admit they may have problems.
In recent years, it has become more acceptable to admit to and seek help with problems. More celebrities are opening up and discussing their battles with mental illness. Social media is flooded with people sharing (and maybe over-sharing) their problems. We are more in touch with our feelings.
Researchers like Brene Brown are discussing such taboo themes such as shame, vulnerability, and perfectionism and putting a name to such things. People are coming to counseling to seek help with things like codependency and shame because they read about it in books or online. The amount of information available about mental health issues has also increased astronomically….all because the stigma has decreased.
Check back this week as we discuss more ways that the field of counseling is evolving.
Written by: Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW
Christy Fogg, MSW, LCSW is a licensed therapist at Imagine Hope Counseling Group. Christy enjoys doing marriage counseling, individual counseling, couples and relationship counseling. Christy also provides family counseling, child counseling, and adolescent counseling.
Imagine Hope serves the Indianapolis area, including the surrounding areas of Carmel, Fishers, Noblesville, Zionsville, and Westfield.