How can counseling help?
Through counseling you will identify the obstacles that stand in the way of living a full and rewarding life. Whether these obstacles are created by current stressors or an unresolved past, counseling can assist you in finding ways to move past these obstacles. Counseling is an intensely individual process, meaning there is no one ready-made formula that works for everyone. Since life is a continual journey, with many challenges along the way, ultimately counseling helps by assisting you in strengthening your own resiliency in the face of personal adversity.
Under what circumstances do people usually consider using counseling?
Close to 25 % of adults suffer at some time in their life from depression or anxiety. While counseling is often used to treat clinical diagnoses, people choose counseling for a variety of reasons. Many people choose counseling to help guide them through major life transitions. Reasons for choosing counseling may include the following:
Feeling stuck or trapped Making an important decision Excessive worry
Difficulty in trusting others Grief and loss Parenting challenges
Relationship/Intimacy difficulties Separation/Divorce
Fear that is preventing achievement of goals Job stress, loss, or dissatisfaction
Is counseling effective?
Counseling has long been established as an effective means to diminish many mental health symptoms such as depression, as well as to help people through difficult life transitions. However, increasingly we understand the effects of counseling to have an even broader reach. In recent years the mind/body connection has garnered much attention by researchers. This examination has lead to an increasing body of research identifying how counseling can have a positive effect on a person’s overall health. In other words, strengthening your emotional health has found to be reflected in positive physical health.
How often will I meet with my counselor?
Sessions typically occur weekly. Meeting weekly is most effective in supporting lasting change. Momentum tends to be lost when sessions are spaced further apart. Depending on the challenges you are facing sessions can be scheduled further apart and you can still make progress.
How can I make the most out of my time in counseling?
Effective counseling requires you to be an active participant. You and your counselor have a responsibility in maintaining a good working relationship which includes open communication. Expectations and concerns need to be discussed as they arise. Counseling is most successful when all sessions are attended.