Gone are the days when counseling is just for the "mentally ill.”
Many individuals and families are seeking professional help to deal with the traumas of life. During divorce, custody battles, and an attempt to recreate your life without repeating patterns of the past, sometimes it's a wise, nurturing idea to get a little neutral feedback.
People typically enter counseling because they're hurting, frustrated, or feeling overwhelmed by a problem. In most cases, difficult circumstances drive the felt need for counseling. Most of these circumstances are based in wounded relationships between husbands and wives and parents and children. And, of course, one or more persons in these relationships may be experiencing intrapersonal difficulties, including mood disorders like depression and anxiety, addictions, or situational stressors like work or school.
Each person who enters therapy has his or her own story, and a good counselor will be able to decipher what's happening. Many times, if these mental obstacles are not cleared, our bodies will feel the weight of the emotional and spiritual stress. This can result in physical illnesses.
As we are all an integrated being (mental, physical, spiritual), it it prudent to maintain health in all areas, especially in times of great stress and when traversing unfamiliar territory.
The goal of counseling will often vary, and experienced counselors will tailor their approaches to their clients’ needs. It's imperitive to find a therapist with whom you feel comfortable. This counselor doesn't always have to tell you what you want to hear or agree with you, but you should feel comfortable building a relationship of trust which allows you to peel away protective layers. This way, you'll be able to access and deal directly with the core of patterns that don't serve you any longer.
AngelGroup does not advocate one counselor over another; however, we provide information and opinions that may help you make your decision.
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