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Question bring things up - August 8th 2012, 04:33 PM

So I have been seeing this counselor for maybe a month and a half. She blames me SH on my past and my mom hurting me. Everything is blamed on that but I don't feel that way. I am scared to let her know I hear voices and sometimes see things. I have a feeling she will just blame it on my mom. The last two people I saw said I should look into medication. How am I supposed to bring that up? I mean I personally know one of my old ones because I grew up with her daughter. We were talking about the things I hear and see and they are getting worse. She thinks I should take care of it and talk about but I have no idea how to even bring it up! When we talk in there I feel like I have to stay on the path we are going we never venture off of it. How can I do it without her doing anything about it?


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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 05:45 PM

I don't think a "counselor" is qualified to properly help you in the areas of mental illness (as indicated by the voices and things you're seeing.) You need to seek a mental health professional who can advise treatment options and provide support. No offence to either you or her, but your counselor sounds like she doesn't know what she's talking about and wouldn't have the training to properly diagnose your issues or determine the causing factors behind them. You need to see a psychiatrist, an actual doctor.


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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 06:56 PM

Okay, a counselor IS a mental health professional who IS qualified to help with mental illnesses and would be trained to diagnose disorders. I know because I'm studying to become one. Whether or not she's qualified to deal with visions and voices is another matter. If she isn't trained she will refer you to someone who is. This would probably end up being a psychiatirst. You'll need to see one anyway if you're considering medication becuase a counselor is not qualified to prescribe medication. Either way she can't help you at all if you don't tell her. Your sessions are for you so if you have something that you need to talk about bring it up whether it's relavent to where she wants to go or not. It might help to go in and say you have something imprtant that you need to talk to her about and then just put it out there. Unless she's brand new to the profession you probably aren't the first person to come to her with this and she will know what to do about it. She won't be able to "do nothing" because it's her job to help you.


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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 07:01 PM

thanks! I if I see a psychiatirst will I have to see them everytime or continue with the counselor I am at? I hate going through the new people and I have been through so many..


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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 07:34 PM

It depends how your counselor wants to handle it. She could have you continue with her and see the psychiatrist only for medication or she could transfer you to the psychiatrist for all treatment. It depends what her procedure is and what she's trained to handle. Chances are you'll continue to see her and if she decided to transfer you over she'll talk to you about it first.


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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 08:05 PM

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Okay, a counselor IS a mental health professional who IS qualified to help with mental illnesses and would be trained to diagnose disorders.
The term counselor is pretty general and vague and could mean really anything since the OP didn't specify. Is it "one who provides counsel/advice" or a professional? We don't exactly know in this case. I've met plenty of regular individuals working at places like schools and churches who called themselves "counselors" when the only licenses they had were the ones they got at the local DMV.


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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 09:01 PM

HEy, your counsellor can't read your mind, so you'll just have to tell her. Next time, just spit it as you have a sit Just tell her there is something you want to comment, and tell her. It's not a weird thing and she's not going to freak out or label you as crazy or anything, don't worry. But i really encourage you to mention it to her
   
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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 09:05 PM

I think I have a way of saying it. In my head I feel I should say, " I had talked to my old counselor about the things I hear and see. She said to talk about it because it is getting worse. She thinks I need to look into medication." Hoping that will work.


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Re: bring things up - August 8th 2012, 09:35 PM

That will work fine I know this is nerve wracking and awkward, but she's a professional and she isn't going to freak out or anything.


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Re: bring things up - August 9th 2012, 06:50 AM

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I think I have a way of saying it. In my head I feel I should say, " I had talked to my old counselor about the things I hear and see. She said to talk about it because it is getting worse. She thinks I need to look into medication." Hoping that will work.
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