Counseling Awareness Month


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Dear Editor,

April is Counseling Awareness Month, a time to recognize how licensed professional counselors “contribute to the growth and development of people across the life span and assist them in achieving their full human, educational, and career potential,” according to the American Counseling Association.

Counseling can provide a safe and supportive environment for individuals to address mental health concerns and improve their overall well-being. Studies support the fact that those who seek treatment witness a significant reduction in symptoms.

According to recent data trends (both national and UW-Platteville numbers), mental health concerns among college students are on the rise. Anxiety, depression and stress are among the top concerns reported by students seeking counseling services. The level of mental health noted within marginalized communities is of significant concern. It is crucial to recognize that mental health issues can affect anyone and seeking help is a sign of strength.

However, many myths about counseling prevent individuals from seeking help. Some common myths include the idea that only individuals with severe mental health issues need counseling or that counseling is a sign of weakness. Counselors assist with issues caused by typical life stressors such as grief and loss, relationship problems and daily living stressors. Seeking help is a courageous step towards healing.

So, what is a counseling session? A counseling session is a private, confidential meeting with a trained mental health professional. Counseling sessions are typically one-on-one and may involve discussing personal issues, setting goals, developing coping strategies and learning new skills.

The counselor will listen, offer guidance and provide a safe space for individuals to explore their thoughts and feelings. Counselors focus on wellness and client empowerment and emphasize a respect for diverse worldviews.

In conclusion, Counseling Awareness Month serves as a reminder that seeking counseling services is a healthy and courageous decision. We need to break down the myths surrounding counseling and encourage individuals to seek help when they need it.

Counseling can be a valuable resource for individuals to improve their mental health and well-being. I encourage you to take time this month to get to know the counseling staff here at the UW-Platteville main and Baraboo/Sauk campuses!


Deirdre Dalsing, MA, NCC, LMHC, LPC
Director of UW-Platteville Counseling