Although it’s becoming less of a taboo topic, there are still many mistaken ideas about what counselling is and who it’s for. There are many crisis situations that can prompt a call. Grief. Injury. Relationship troubles at school, your practice, or home, or questions about mental health.
If you, a family member or someone on your staff is struggling, CDSPI’s Members’ Assistance Program (MAP) is there for you. Experienced professional counsellors are available 24/7.
These facts are provided to debunk some of the counselling myths that may be holding you back from reaching out.
Myth: Counselling is only for people with serious mental health issues.
Fact: Counsellors do work with people who have severe issues, but they also help people work through everyday problems like relationship issues, stress, and sadness. Seemingly minor problems can build up and, if not dealt with, spiral out of control. Many people make the mistake of waiting until a small roadblock becomes a major issue before seeking help.
Myth: Only weak people who can’t cope with issues on their own should seek counselling.
Fact: There is nothing weak about seeing a counsellor. In fact, it takes inner strength to acknowledge a problem and deal with it before it impacts your physical and emotional well-being and relationships.
Myth: A stranger can’t possibly help me—they don’t even know me.
Fact: This is actually why counselling is so effective. Friends and family may offer support but can they be completely objective? Time with a counsellor is all about you. A professional can offer you impartial, unbiased insights, and expert strategies to deal with issues.
Myth: I’ve tried counselling before and it doesn’t work.
Fact: Although counselling may not have “worked” for you before, that doesn’t mean it won’t a second or even third time with a different professional. Counsellors use varying approaches and styles to help determine the right approach for your specific situation.
Myth: Counsellors never say anything, they just listen and take notes.
Fact: Counselling is actually a very interactive process that creates a two-way discussion between you and your counsellor. It’s a process of exploring choices, setting goals, and learning some new perspectives.
Myth: Everyone will know that I’m going to see a counsellor, which will only make everything worse.
Fact: The only person who will know you are visiting a counsellor is you. MAP counsellors are bound by very strict codes of ethics and confidentiality, and will go over this during your first appointment.
CDSPI Members’ Assistance Program
MAP offers short-term counselling, referrals, information and support systems for your physical and mental well-being. These no-cost services are provided as a member benefit of your dental association and are available to eligible dentists, their staff, and eligible family members of dentists and staff.
MAP is operated by Shepell, the largest Canadian-based Employee and Family Assistance provider in the country. Available services vary by region.
Use of MAP services is completely confidential within the limits of the law.
Call anytime. For any support. Addressing an issue early is the best time to deal with it. MAP is there to help.
Contact CDSPI’s dedicated MAP line at 1.844.578.4040 or visit www.workhealthlife.com