Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and the client. Through counseling you can examine the behaviors, thoughts, attitudes, and feelings that may be causing difficulties in your life. You can learn effective ways to deal with your problems by building upon your own unique personal strengths. Counseling can also help you identify constructive ways to deal with a situation that is beyond your personal control.
Counseling help in many ways, such as:
- Identifying goals and potential solutions to problems that cause emotional turmoil
- Improving communication and coping skills
- Improve family relationships
- Identify negative or illogical thinking patterns that contribute to feelings of hopelessness and helplessness
- Develop a more positive outlook.
- Explore learned thoughts and behaviors that create or maintain problems.
- Regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
- Encourage support from family and friends.
- Find solutions to life’s problems.
- Discover personal strengths and how to use those strengths to grow stronger in other areas.
- Strengthening self-esteem
- Promoting behavior change
With a counselor we can brainstorm on options we hadn’t thought of or don’t know. By giving us information and coaching, counselors can show us how to manage anger, communicate our needs more clearly, negotiate for change, and soothe our own anxieties. There is no set amount of time that can be prescribed to a particular issue. The counselor together with the client can best determine if only one session, a few sessions, or a much longer period is required.