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Questions & Myths

Is Counseling for Me?

"How do I know if I need counseling or if it would be beneficial?" If one or more of the following statements describes you, you are probably at a point where counseling could be helpful to you.

  • I am anxious, worried, or nervous most of the time.
  • My sleeping or eating patterns have changed.
  • My moods change rapidly. I often feel like crying.
  • I am overwhelmed by everything that is expected of me.
  • My relationships with other people are not going well.
  • I feel confused and have difficulty making decisions.
  • I can't decide on a major or a career.
  • I am not functioning effectively in an important area of my life (studies, job, family, relationships, marriage).
  • I am going through a significant change in my life.
  • I am experiencing difficulties in one or more areas of my life due to the use of substances or other compulsive behaviors.

Myths About Counseling

Myth #1: You have to be "crazy" to go for counseling.

Fact: Only a very small percentage of our clients have had psychotic experiences. Most clients come to work through some problem areas that are disrupting their lives in some way. Actually, instead of being "crazy", it is smart to utilize the resources available to you.

Myth #2: Going to counseling is a sign of weakness... "I should be able to handle this myself."

Fact: It actually takes a great deal of emotional strength to confront problem areas, seek help, and take responsibility for your life.

Myth #3: Counseling is too expensive for me.

Fact: That's true and not true! While the usual rate for counseling per hour is $75 to $125, the Career and Counseling Center provides this service free of charge to the students at Pacific Union College. It's another benefit of being at PUC.

Myth #4: "No one is going to tell me what to do!"

Fact: The task of the counselor is definitely not to tell you what to do. Instead, your counselor will help you explore solutions or directions. Once you have chosen your goal, your counselor will help you get there.