You may be wondering, "What exactly is counseling?" or "Is counseling for everyone?" Before we talk about what counseling is, let's first determine what counseling is not. First of all, counseling does not mean you are crazy or you get a Go Directly to the Psych Hospital Card Without Passing Go. It also does not mean you are weak or damaged. Furthermore, it does not mean that you will be analyzed by your counselor when you come for counseling either.
So what does counseling mean? It means you and your counselor develop a relationship, and then you can safely begin to work through the issues you are dealing with without being criticized or judged. It can offer you a new perspective and help you express your feelings openly. You can learn to develop communication skills to deal with conflict as well. Also, it can help you deal with the painfulness of your past by working through the loss or hurt you have experienced. Counseling empowers individuals to courageously face their fears and work through those stuck places in their lives.
You may come to counseling for advice, but a counselor will help you to work through your experiences. Counseling allows you to develop more positive ways of dealing with the obstacles in your life. Your thoughts and feelings can be heard and understood by another person. Through this process, you use your own inner resources to change your circumstances.
Long term benefits can be developed from counseling as well. Counseling can help you become more resilient emotionally and manage stress more effectively.
With this being said, I believe counseling is for everyone. No matter how big or small the life circumstance is you are dealing with, counseling can help you be heard and aid you in making your life the best it can be.
Now take a moment and ask yourself, "Do I need a change?"