Misconceptions About Counseling

There are many misconceptions about counseling. For instance, some people think a counselor is going to tell them what to do. Or they think a counselor is going to think they are crazy.


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Counselors are trained to help clients express their thoughts, see the contradictions, and find a broader path for themselves. It would be unethical for a counselor tell someone what to do. Counselors have heard so many stories, so they are not likely to think yours is any stranger than others. And remember, counselors are just people. We aren’t perfect and we don’t have life all figured out. We’ve just learned techniques and tools to help people help themselves.


There are many other misconceptions, but this list did a great job, so I’ll have you go to this link . . .

What are some other misconceptions people have about counseling? 


Lucille Zimmerman is a Licensed Professional Counselor with a private practice in Littleton, CO and an affiliate faculty professor at Colorado Christian University.

She is also the author of Renewed: Finding Your Inner Happy in an Overwhelmed World. Through practical ideas and relatable anecdotes, readers can better understand their strengths and their passions—and address some of the underlying struggles or hurts that make them want to keep busy or minister to others to the detriment of themselves. Renewed can help nurture those areas of women’s lives to use them better for work, family, and service. It gives readers permission to examine where they spend their energy and time, and learn to set limits and listen to “that inner voice."

1 Comment

  1. Lucille, I’m a young man looking to go into counseling, reason being is that I’ve worked in customer service for so long and have seen a lot of problems that spilled over into customer service that wouldn’t have simply if the customer was more well adjusted and responsible. Bottom line I want to work on root cause problems, rather than the superficial ones.

    What can a counselor do if the solution to a client’s problem is plain as day, but the client can’t see it? How would you lead a client to the solution? Thanks Lucille!

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