In today’s high-stress world, we sometimes need a little help navigating life, understanding where we come from, and deciding where we’re going. Counseling often has a negative stigma attached to it, as if people who participate in it are weaker for seeking guidance. In reality, people who seek individual counseling are building skills and making choices that lead them to happier, healthier lives. Here are some reasons people might benefit from counseling, though there are much, much more:
We are bombarded with advertisements for anti-depressants, but often don’t understand the toll that this disease takes on its victims, and those close to them. And it isn’t well understood that these medications aren’t fix-alls. Individual counseling can help a person suffering from depression learn coping mechanisms, along with how to recognize the feelings that come along with depression, and how to react to them. Counseling is also helpful for the caregivers and families of those suffering from depression.
Whether it’s to alcohol, drugs, gambling, or any other behavior or substance, addiction can be treated through individual counseling. A trained, empathetic counselor can help you better understand the science of addiction, and how we train our bodies and our minds to get control of it.
In today’s world, we are always on the go. We work, we parent, we hang out with friends. Maybe you’re a stay at home parent trying to cope with the stress of being the constant caregiver, craving adult interaction. Perhaps you’re the primary breadwinner, working long hours and missing home. You’re caring for a parent with Alzheimer’s. You’re working through a divorce. You were recently diagnosed with a chronic illness. Maybe you are experiencing a combination of these, or something completely different. Whatever it is that brings stress into your life, individual counseling can give you the skills to learn to manage it, and to lead a longer, happier life.
How we interact with those around us, why we choose the friends we do, how we get along with our family, all comes back to our skills and understandings of relationships. When you participate in counseling, you begin to understand yourself better and make better choices for maintaining healthy relationships.
There are so many other situations and reasons to seek to counsel. Trained counselors act as guides, helping us to better understand ourselves, and the world around us. If you have any questions or are interested in counseling, please contact us.