Do I have too many issues for counseling?

I have so many issues to address. I have a history of sexual abuse, I’m a breast cancer survivor and I am a lifetime insomniac.

I have a long history of depression and I’m beginning to have anxiety. I have low self esteem but I’ve been happily married for almost 35 years.

I’ve never had counseling about any of this. Do I have too many issues to address in counseling?

Joshua Beavers
Joshua Beavers
Licensed Professional Counselor available evenings and weekends in Tulsa, OK. Specializes in family conflict and self-care practices.

Thank you for sharing your question.  I imagine it feels overwhelming and discouraging at times if you feel like there are too many issues to address in a counseling session.  I would encourage you to share these concerns with a counselor because a counselor can help you organize the concerns into a list of specific goals.  For example, a list of goals may look similar to this:

1.  "I will learn about the effects of medication on the symptoms of depression and anxiety."

2.  "I will learn about the factors that affect insomnia."

3.  "I will learn about resources and support groups in my local area to help me cope with my traumatic experiences."

4.  "I will practice self-care exercises each day and write about my thoughts and feelings in a journal so I can measure whether or not I"m making progress."

This is an example of some of the possible goals a counselor can help you work toward each week.  Working toward a specific goal can lead to a feeling of accomplishment once you've completed it, and this may have a positive impact on your self-esteem.  

I hope this information helps, and I wish you all the best!

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