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Brian Rees, PH.D., LPC

Does Counseling Really Work?

Myths About Counseling

1. Counseling never helps.
Research has proven that counseling can be very effective in helping clients make healthy changes in their lives. However, healthy change isn’t a sure thing, so counseling isn’t always helpful. For counseling to be effective, it’s necessary for the client to take an active part in the process, both inside and outside of the therapeutic hour. If a client is unwilling or unable to look within in an honest way, it’s highly likely that this client will not achieve the healthy changes he or she seeks.

2. Counseling is just a place where people go
to focus on their problems.
There’s nothing but negativity: a problem-focused place to discuss life’s problems. Wow!
Although many people enter counseling to address problem areas in life, not everyone does. Some people enter counseling proactively to find ways to address issues in healthy ways before these issues become problems while others simply want to find ways to achieve greater success in life. Yet, even for those individuals who enter counseling to address problems, there’s good news. Dr. Rees uses competency-based approaches to help his clients identify their unique strengths and to help them learn how they can better utilize these strengths and resources to overcome their problems and maximize their potential. His clients have enjoyed his therapeutic use of humor, too.

3. Seeking counseling demonstrates a personal weakness.
On the contrary, seeking personal growth and/or admitting that one doesn’t have all the answers to all of life’s questions demonstrates the presence of strength and humility. Thousands of years ago, King Solomon wrote “Plans fail for the lack of counsel, but with many advisers they succeed.”

4. Counseling isn’t worth the hassle because insurance company employees who aren’t directly involved in therapy are ultimately in control of treatment.
The client and his or her therapist should be in control of the course of therapy. Dr. Rees made the decision to avoid the potential of unhealthy triangles involving clients and insurance companies that might unintentionally compromise the quality of care for his clients. Also, most insurance companies require a formal mental disorder diagnosis and can dictate the length and amount of sessions. However, if insurance does need to be filed, Dr. Rees offers a one page, standard industry form for clients to complete and send to their insurance for reimbursement if an 'out of network' clause exists.

5. All counselors, regardless of whether they are a man or a woman, are touchy-feely softies who can’t relate to the typical guy.
Although he’s comfortable dealing with his emotions and the emotions of others, a softy who can’t relate to the typical guy he is not. In addition to being a working husband and father, as a teenager, Brian played football, tennis, and rugby. Today, Brian enjoys weight lifting, softball, golf, jogging, hunting, fishing, reading, Harley riding, and spent his 20s and 30s playing in a rock band! 

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