Jayne Lessard regrets some are Reluctant to Seek Professional Therapy
Jayne Lessard has spent over thirty years working as a therapist and counselor. Jayne Lessard’s primary work focuses on marriage and family counseling, but she sees many people delay seeking professional help.
HIGH POINT, N.C., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-iReach/ — Jayne Lessard is a professional counselor with years of experience in and out of private practice. In 2013, Jayne Lessard celebrated a successful 32-year career as a professional counselor and, despite the number of patients that come to Jayne Lessard seeking professional help, Jayne Lessard recognizes there are many more people who would benefit from professional therapy but refuse to do so.
“We live in an era where more people are aware of the effects of mental health and the resources available, but people still feel stigmatized for seeking help when they need or desire it,” says Jayne Lessard. From her experience, even when people do seek counseling, they have to overcome their insecurities in doing so.”
According to the Journal of Counseling and Development, there are about five common avoidance factors that patients cite for the delay of treatment. The very first cited in the journal is social stigma. “Social stigma is defined as the fear that others will judge a person negatively if she or he sought help for a problem,” describes the article. Other fears recognized as hurdles to avoid treatment, according to the Journal of Counseling and Development, include: treatment fears, fear of emotion, anticipated utility and risks, and self-disclosure.
Jayne Lessard has noticed, as a professional therapist, that while patients worry they will be judged, some do come in with preconceived notions about the usefulness of counseling services too. “This perception of the usefulness of counseling is the anticipated utility, it occurs in people who lack confidence in the ability of counseling or therapy to help,” says Jayne Lessard.
Despite the hesitation and reasons people employ to avoid seeking professional help, Jayne Lessard hopes that friends and families will be supportive of individuals who do seek the aid of a professional. According to Psychology Today, there are five recognizable signs for when to seek therapy. While not everyone needs therapy to overcome struggles, the article states, “Sometimes the signs are obvious but at other times, something may feel slightly off and you can’t figure out what that is.” It is when the struggle becomes unmanageable that professional help needs to be sought.
Jayne Lessard is trained as a counselor to help people manage a number of difficulties. “People use therapy service for more than managing mental illness or feelings of anxiety. Therapists and counselors help with everything from conflict resolution, stress management, to problems with parenting,” says Jayne Lessard. Therapists can help with everyday problems but, still, many refuse or avoid getting help.
Of course, there are people who do seek out therapy and counseling service but some avoid professional help because of barriers like cost. According to StevensPointJournal.com, among the list of reasons people cite for being unable to get professional help, “The social stigma associated with professional counseling ranked low on the list of barriers.” Financial and health insurance coverage, comfort, and the doubt of counseling’s usefulness are the largest barriers people put in place when seeking professional counseling services. “There is so much therapy can do for people but they need to be willing to seek help and believe it can help them in order for it to be effective,” states Jayne Lessard.
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