What is Counseling?
Although technically not the same, many people use the term counseling when they are referring to therapy. For this reason, I have used counseling interchangeably with therapy. Therapy, is the process of meeting with a trained mental health professional, a therapist, for the purpose of resolving problematic behaviors, beliefs, feelings, and/or physical reactions to emotional distress. Therapy utilizes the past and present to help people achieve improved emotional well being which leads to improvements in other facets of life.
There are a number of different techniques, models, and philosophies for treating mental health and emotional disturbances. For example, cognitive behavioral therapy or solutions focused therapy are treatment models while deep breathing is a relaxation technique.
There are also many different types of therapy sessions such as individual, couples, family, and group. Because there are various types of treatment, it’s important to screen potential therapist to ensure a good match for you.
Is Therapy for me?
Despite a popular misconception, you don’t have to be crazy to benefit from therapy. Therapy can help heal the wounds and emotional pain from life’s experiences. Therapy can help understand and resolve past events, inner conflict, interpersonal conflicts, biologically related psychological issues, adjustments, and grief and loss. Therapy can help you deal with the distress related to your current life circumstances.
If you are experiencing a mental health condition, it is no different than having a physical ailment; there need not be shame in seeking treatment. Also, most therapy clients are people struggling with common, everyday issues. There is virtually no “right” or “wrong” reason to enlist the help of a mental health professional.
The help of the right therapist can promote self-actualization, empower self-growth, improve relationships, and reduce emotional suffering.
- Are you so distressed about a life situation that you are:
- Are you losing sleep at night?
- Having difficulty concentrating?
- Are you drinking alcohol or using substances more often?
- Are you going through the motions?
- Are you wondering what to do about a certain situation? Or maybe you know what to do but can’t quite bring yourself to do it?
- Do you have a history of anxiety or depression?
- Are you having trouble getting a recurring thought(s) out of your head?
- Do you act before you think?
- Did you just lose a significant person in your life?
- Do you feel lonely?
- Did you have a hard childhood and don’t want repeat those patterns?
- Do you want to have a successful relationship but unsure how?
Benefits of Counseling & Therapy
Some of the benefits include:
The therapy process helps people get “unstuck”. By gaining insight and increased self-awareness, people are able to gain a better understanding of their own behavior and the issues, feelings and events that motivate them. Therapy helps improve emotional wellbeing which contributes to improved physical well being. People of any age can grow and benefit from the experience of therapy. There is no “wrong” time to begin.
Increased insight & self-awareness
Reduction of anxiety and/or depression
Resolve and direction
Increased self esteem
better decision making
Relief from emotional distress