While I firmly believe in mental health, and that we should all go to a psychologist or counselor at least once a year, same as we would go to the dentist (well, most of us), I haven't been to one since I gradated college. It's good, it feels right, it helps make life's issues so much easier. My obstacles have been perceived need, but also the cost.
Fortunately it's offered as part of being a patient at my hospital. It was a good first chat, and I'll see him after my upcoming scan next week. I had to laugh, though, at his closing comment above. When I first saw the counselor at my college, I was resistant. I wasn't "crazy," I was just confused, unfocused after a year of being so inspired, drive, and motivated. I loved my school, but didn't know what my problem was. I realized I was creatively and emotionally stuck. I didn't know how to talk about it, not even to my closest friends. I tried that counselor, and she guided me through what was wrong without offering any kind of "fix." It doesn't work like that. I finished the year in better spirits, refocused, and grateful for her service.
The next year was better, but a month or two in I made another appointment. It was a different counselor, and I got her up to speed. Next I expressed some concerns I had, nothing nearly as major as the year before, and she just let me talk, asking few questions. When I finished, she said almost the same thing. "Well, you seem pretty self-aware. Sounds like you already know what you need to do." I laughed, and learned about myself right there. I went back a few more times over my school career to discuss everything from my art, to stress, to relationships, all visits helpful.
We'll see where this gets me, as I am currently taking on the stresses of my health, my insurance, my career path, my artwork, and the current political events. I'm very glad to have this option, and if you've considered it yourself, please go. If you have a counselor or therapist that has helped, please leave a simple comment saying so! We need to de-stigmatize this necessary office so beneficial to humans.