As a kid, you probably kicked and screamed all the way to your dentist appointment. This resistance was understandable, as it was based on all the horrible things you heard from friends and classmates. That is, dentist visits meant pain, tears, uncontrollable drooling and a cheap toothbrush as a reward. But you soon realized the minor discomfort suffered at the hand of your dentist greatly outweighed the pain you would likely suffer having to deal with a cavity or worse.

For many, seeking family counseling in Southlake is much like going to the dentist. We resist seeking help simply based on misunderstandings. If these were cleared up, you wouldn’t be so hesitant about seeking a therapist.

One of the most common barriers that prevent people from seeking the help they need is the existence of a problem. There is something resilient about the human race, we want to prove ourselves and overcome adversity without the help of others. But refusing to come to terms with an obvious problem is not brave, just foolhardy. Ignore that knocking noise in your engine long enough and you will soon find yourself stranded on the side of the road.

There still exists a social stigma attached to seeking a counselor. There is this impression among those who have never tried counseling that it is only for those who are really sick or mentally ill. But counseling covers so many facets, from the college student who needs help dealing with stress to the family on the verge of a total meltdown.

Break these barriers and you will discover that seeking the help of a therapist is really no different than a visit to the dentist office.