Is Counselling Right For Me

Is Counselling Right For Me?

In my work with providing counselling services in Alberta, Canada, I can say with certainty that people from all walks of life see a counsellor to help them solve problems and feel better. If you are reading this right now and wondering if counselling could be right for you, then you have taken a step in the right direction!

If you have never been to counselling before, your experiences with were not great, OR you had a fantastic counsellor and want that back, working with someone new can be a big step!

How do you know if it's the right time?  

1. Are Your Basic Needs Met? 

In my experience, if someone is having a financial crisis, detoxing off drugs or alcohol, or experiencing severe health distress, counselling may need to wait. Why is that? Though it may seem that during a crisis, advice is the first thing you need, it can distract from what you need to focus on, which is your basic needs! There will never be a "perfect" time to start counselling, BUT there is the right time. If you aren't sure, feel free to call my office to explore your options.

2. Are You Ok Being Uncomfortable? 

"The truth will set you free, but not before it ticks you off." Freedom comes with discomfort.

3. Can You Commit To Doing The Work Over Time? 

Counselling is an investment in yourself; prioritizing your time and resources will create significant and lasting change. Research shows that what you do outside the counselling session improves outcomes. 

4. Can You Be Open To Change? 

The key to creating positive change is being open to new ideas and trying new things. If you do what you've always done, you'll get the results you always have. 

5. Is It Hard To Get Through Daily Life? 

The American Psychological Association suggests considering therapy when something causes distress and interferes with a part of your life, particularly when:

  • Thinking about or coping with the issue takes up at least an hour each day
  • The problem causes embarrassment or makes you want to avoid others
  • The item has caused your quality of life to decrease
  • The issue has negatively affected school, work, or relationships
  • You've made changes in your life or developed habits to cope with the issue
6. Are you experiencing any of the following:
  • Feeling overwhelmed
  • Too much or too little sleep or eating. 
  • Isolating yourself from family and friends
  • Feeling a disconnection from joy.
  • Thoughts and nightmares that are intrusive and distressing.
  • Feeling hopeless or apathetic.


If you aren't sure if counselling is right for you, reach out today and I can help you make that decision.

Stacey Steele

Hi, I’m Stacey Steele

Registered Provisional Psychologist in beautiful Medicine Hat, AB.

I am a Registered Provisional Psychologist proudly based in Medicine Hat, Alberta. I specialize in working with women and teen girls to discover their authentic self and heal past traumas!

I also work with men healing from childhood traumas, transforming from a wounded warrior to starting a heroes journey.

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