What is Counseling?
The words counseling and therapy are often used interchangeably. Counseling can provide a dedicated time and space to explore and talk about anything that may be disturbing an individual. This can range from dissatisfaction in your relationships to internal struggles. Generally individuals decide to attend therapy when they are experiencing difficulties with coping or resolving an issue on their own. Individuals also attend therapy to participate in self-growth and to hold themselves accountable by making sure they are on the right track.
The process begins by the client and therapist setting aside time in order to explore difficulties which may include stressful or emotional feelings for the client. A therapist can help their client see things more clearly and possibly with a different view-point. This can enable the client to focus on feelings, experiences or behavior with a goal to facilitate positive change.
The therapeutic relationship is a relationship of trust. Confidentiality is paramount to successful counseling, however due to state law requirements therapists are required to disclose information they believe is a harm to self or others. The ultimate aim of counseling is to enable the client to make their own choices and reach their own decisions.
Counseling doesn’t end in the therapist’s office. The skills you learn can be applied to many aspects of your life, to empower and enrich your relationship at home, at work and the community at large. They can provide you with increased well being to become the person you were meant to be and always wanted to become. The skills and growth you experience can be carried with you in your everyday life.