Here is my answer to your question. A counselor can be helpful, but do not expect a counselor to be a be-all end-all solution to your problems. About half the counselors I have gone to have been helpful. About half of them have not. So, try to find a good counselor and try it out. If they are super crappy, try another counselor. My advice would be, 3 strikes you're out. try at least three counselors if the others don't work. If none of them are any good, try to find someone else who can be a mentor-type person to you.
A good therapist will only hold up one corner of your mind. for the other four, you need regular activities, friends whom you talk to, and family who love you. Hope it goes well.
I was very apprehensive about going as well, but it turned out to be the best thing I could have done. It was really beneficial for me to open up to someone who didn't have a personal gain from the decision I was struggling with, as everyone else I had talked to about it gave me their opinion based on how it would effect them, not me.
She was very calm and asked me a lot of questions to help me ascertain my true feelings and it was a relief not to have to feel like I would disappoint her if I told her the total truth (something I had major issues with). She also gave me some "homework" (journal entries & such) to track how I process things & react to people, which is helping me even now. (medication was never mentioned in our sessions)
I was always told that I was weak if I sought help for my issues from a therapist, but it turned out to me the opposite as I am now stronger and more confidant in decisions that I make. It's also comforting to know that if I have any problems I cant deal with in the future that I have someone ready and willing to listen to me.
I don't think you have anything to loose with going to talk to someone. If it helps then you've gained a lot...and if it doesn't, you haven't lost anything!
My vote is to talk to someone. There's no shame in it, and talking out your problems is not only going to make you feel better but help you through whatever feelings you have. I have numerous friends who suffer through anxiety and depression, and I promise you getting help and taking baby steps is never a bad thing. (: