How Can Counseling Help Me?

In Psychiatry

Counseling Can Open Doors to Healing and Self-Discovery

Counseling is a tool that is offered to those that are suffering.  Whether it is an addiction, stress over a life-choice or illness or even depression, counseling can open doors to healing and self-discovery.  Counseling does not have to be a last resort.  It is a type of assistance that has helped many individuals learn more about themselves, learn coping mechanisms, as well as an understanding of their problems.

Counseling is a type of therapy that is usually performed by a licensed professional with experience.  They provide a safe, welcoming place in which the individual can feel free to vent their feelings and frustrations to a person with an objective viewpoint.  Usually, it will take more than one session to help the individual.  During their session time, the focus is solely on the person and their difficulties as the counselor can provide insight and knowledge to the person.  Healing takes time and repetitive treatment, so many choose to schedule regular counseling sessions.

Counselors will not solve the individual’s problems for them.  Rather, they can provide an understanding as to why these problems are occurring and how to heal properly.  They give you the resources to navigate through issues while remaining positive and mentally balanced.  With their guidance and knowledge, the individuals learn how to overcome their problems and resolve them on their own now and in the future.

Counseling often asks the individual that is suffering to talk about painful instances and memories, but to put everything back together again you must be willing to tear it apart first.  Counseling is a process, and it first it may be painful to the individual, but this the first step on the road to recovery and healing.  Your therapist is there to help you learn and grow and to be a stronger, healthier person in the long run, even though it may not feel like this in the beginning.  Be open and honest in your sessions, and watch the transformation begin.

In your first session, expect a few questions and a getting-to-know one another session.  A good relationship between you and your counselor is vital.  Your counselor will ask you some questions during the first session to get to you as well as what you are struggling with better.  They will ask about your personal history, why you are seeking counseling, and what mental health symptoms or difficulties you are experiencing currently.  Remember that this is a safe place with an unbiased professional who is here to help you.  Your confidentiality will be honored here as you are encouraged to open and become comfortable with them.  Be prepared with some questions of your own for your first session and don’t be afraid to ask them to repeat or explain anything you don’t understand.

Individual therapy can provide a chance to overcome a painful problem.  It is a process that can help the individual resolve their issues.  It will require some effort on the individual’s part, and honesty is key when talking to your counselor.  Take a notepad and pen to write down ideas, thoughts, reactions you may have, questions, and anything else that will help you during this time of healing.


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