Counseling is a unique collaborative process that involves the development of a confidential relationship with a trusted behavioral health professional that focuses on resolution of personal problems, traumatic events, and achieving and maintaining maximum health and wellness over the course of a lifetime.
One of the main objectives of counseling is to help you clarify challenging issues, gain insight into your feelings, and clarify your thoughts so that you are better enabled to deal effectively with the many problems, issues, concerns and major life events we all experience on our life’s journey.
Nearly all of us at some point experience occasional difficulties that can interfere with success or a sense of well being, and when that happens it’s a good idea to seek the advice of professionals in navigating the issues.
These can include but are not limited to:
- Post Traumatic Stress Disorders (PTSD)
- Youth and Adolescent Self Harm (NSSI)
- Anxieties about academics
- Conflicts with friends
- Family or relationship/partner problems
- Career indecision or re-evaluating professional goals
- Habit control problems (e.g. over/under eating, alcoholism, drug abuse)
- Low self-confidence
- Excessive feelings of stress
- Anxiety or depression
- Sleep disturbance (sleeping too much or too little)
- Procrastination (putting off important tasks)
- Thoughts about death or suicide
- Identity issues
- Sexual/gender identity concerns
How is Counseling Helpful?
Counseling can help you understand what is getting in the way of making the changes you want in your life. Counseling can also teach you ways of dealing with stressful life events and circumstances you can’t change. The counselor also helps you to analyze and respond to internal pressures and negative attitudes towards yourself or others.
This may include developing a new set of coping strategies or helping you to refine those already in use. Sometimes, one of the most helpful aspects of counseling is that the counselor is objective and is not involved in the situation you’re trying to resolve.
For some people, it can be difficult to begin the counseling process due to fears or even feelings of embarrassment. Most people find that once they visit with an effective counselor they feel some level of relief and they start to regain hope because they are now beginning to face their difficulties instead of avoiding them.
If you’re uncertain whether counseling is right for you, We invite you to set aside some time to come in so we can visit in person or online and discuss how counseling might be beneficial in helping you maximize your potential.