“NDSU Counseling Center, could you please hold?” “Y-Yes,” I stammered, as I sat at my kitchen counter with my roommate and boyfriend at the time. My knees were shaking, and I still had no idea what I was going to tell the receptionist.
“Yeah, could I book one therapist, please?” How does one even say they need to talk to someone who will professionally and properly handle mental dilemmas that need attention?
My roommate had known I was struggling with a few things like depression, anxiety, body image issues and other topics that needed discussing. However, I was still skeptical if I was willing to disclose that kind of information with a complete stranger.
“Thank you for holding. How can I help you?” the receptionist brightly asked me. “Uh, can I, is it possible for me to schedule an appointment?” I nervously asked. “Do you mean with a counselor?” she slowly responded. “Yes, yes one of those, please,” I awkwardly rebounded.
My face was hot and I could feel tears welling up in my eyes, but I knew this was something I should have done years ago but was always caught up in other things.
The thing with seeing a counselor or therapist and asking for help is that some are afraid. Others don’t think they need someone else’s help to figure out their problems and thoughts. While it’s alright to think you can do it alone, don’t ever mistake the idea of a counselor as only for someone who is severely sick or suffering for a mental illness.
It’s good to sit down with someone who can translate your concerns and channel whatever you’re struggling with into something beneficial. When I finally went, after making my train-wreck of an appointment, I’ll admit, I had a hard time disclosing information with Kate, my assigned counselor.
She got to the root of many of my problems, which I quickly realized were very much connected. Kate questioned my personal thoughts, relationships, reactions and even aspirations to help me reach my full potential. She pushed me to think of things differently and how to approach them. To this day, she’s helped me make decisions that I could not have on my own.
If you have ever or are actively considering seeing a counselor, don’t even question it. It is free to students and totally confidential. They cover counseling topics from careers, relationships, body image, depression, anxiety and are a LGBT safety zone.
The NDSU Counseling Center is located in 212 Ceres Hall and is open during the school year as well as the summer.