Michele Morelli is a Limited Licensed Professional Counselor (LLPC) in private practice at Trinity Family Counseling Center. She recently joined our staff following completion of her Master’s degree in Clinical Mental Health from Sienna Heights University.
According to the American Association of Counselors, very few people seek out counseling. This is alarming considering the high numbers of people at risk who could benefit.
Consider these facts:
1) One in ten people suffers from anxiety or depression sometime in their life. 2) In 2016, there were 44,965 recorded suicides. That is 123 suicides every day. It is estimated that 20% of these are veterans. 3) A woman is raped every 98 seconds. (www.rainn.org) 4) In 2015, 505,507 people visited a hospital for injuries due to self-harm.
It is estimated that less than one-third of people ask for help.
Many people feel it’s safer to keep quiet and not ask for help. The phrase, “the elephant in the room” is a metaphor for an obvious problem or risk that no one wants to discuss. As counselors, we facilitate communication and help people reduce the elephants in the room. Too many elephants equates to unresolved conflict in our lives which can cause stress, anxiety, depression and illness. Marc Brackett, from the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence, says, “Labeling your emotions is key. If you can name it, you can tame it.” It takes courage to talk about our feelings, yet by doing so we reduce stress and perhaps inspire others to share.
If the idea of counseling is still scary—let go of that fear. The empathetic ear of a caring counselor can be all the encouragement you need to call out YOUR elephant in the room.