According to the American Counseling Association “Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education and career goals.” Our world is increasingly becoming more interconnected.
Counseling is professional guidance which an expert gives to individual by using various psychological methods like collecting case history and testing interests and aptitudes.
Who need Counseling?:
The most common words to a first counseling session is I am not sure I need it or not, or it will helped me or not. So how do you know if you need counseling? It is very easy to know that do you really need counseling. When you are not happy with your life and you don’t understand why you are not happy! Often the reason is an obvious one. May be you have lost something precious or someone close to you died and you are behaving in such way that making your life difficult. You became very reactive, aggressive and always in anger or in bad mood. Often you feel like crying, started over eating or lost interest in food. You may have sleepless nights or lost interest in interacting with friends or going out. If you are facing one of them then you need counseling.
A counselor will listen to what you are saying and also to what you are not saying, what you find difficult to put into words. A counselor will accept you exactly as you are, he will not judge you. The counselor will not tell you how to live your life, or give sympathy. A counselor will help you to see how your behavior is affecting other people, he will motivate to believe in your strengths and how to overcome with your weakness.
So all of us in different times need someone to listen us or somebody by our side who can understand us and help us. And once we feel understood and feel comfortable then life became easy. And the Counselor will definitely help you in that way.
Common Myths about Counseling
People who have serious emotional and mental problems only need Counseling.
But the face is meeting a counselor does not mean you are mentally ill or mad. Almost everyone faces difficulties and tough time in life at some point, And to overcome of these difficulties are a sign of strength,
Need of Counseling is a sign of weakness.
Need of counseling is a sign of taking care for your well being. It needs lots of courage to accept your weakness and painful experiences. It is the first important step for a person to resolve his problems.
The counselor will fix your problems.
Counselor has nothing to do with fixing your problems. He will help you to explore your feelings and concerns, to weigh your options, and support you in achieving the goals of your life.
The Counselor will not understand you because he doesn’t had similar problems.
The Counselors are professionally trained to be positive and respectful of individual differences. They are professionally and broadly trained to treat various life crisis and issues.
Seeking Counseling suggests you do not have faith on God.
It’s nothing to do with faith on God because when people are in bad phase in of life mostly they lost trust and faith in everything. Most people who seek counseling are very normal people who lead normal lives and want solutions to their problems the face.
There are different types of counseling, like….
We live in a society with different relationships. Marriage is not only relationship which required to be healed. Siblings, father & son, even business partners may need help to interact effectively. The counselor can help them to improve their relationship.
It is natural to have different opinion in a healthy marriage. But if the two spouses don’t know to communicate effectively the marriage can be in danger. The counselor helps the couples explore the ways in which they get trapped and break the thinking pattern.
Death of a family member is very difficult to everyone, especially of a parent, spouse or a child. For some people it is hard to cop up with this situation. A counselor can help an individual to overcome of this grief & work through this difficult time.
Family is a unit of few people. And every individual is different which require different type of counseling. A counselor can help each family member how to live & love together in more positive way.
Mental health counseling:
Sometime people may have a chemical imbalance that it is making it difficult to function, which can be treated through drugs but may also require cognitive therapy. The person may have some family issues or may be unresolved trauma that is causing him problems in life. The counselor can help him to understand the problem area.
Substance abuse counseling:
Substance abuse is a growing problem, people suffer from substance abuse often suffer many physical problem as well as emotional issues. They often isolated from the society. People who are an alcohol or drug addict need a special type of counseling.
Adolescent counseling helps teens deals with their sexuality issues, peer pressure & relating to their parents.
Sometime marriages are not successful. The end of a marriage can be ok for some people, but it can be stressful event for some people. A partner may not ready for divorce but because of emotional trauma he/she take this decision. Counseling helps them to overcome from stress and depression.
Preconception counseling will help you to know about any risk factors and prepare you to be mentally strong. Pregnancy planning will help you make right choices for you and your baby.
Pre examination counseling:
In exam time students face different type of difficulties. Some students has exam phobia. Because of it a brilliant student not able to perform well in the examination, he may fell sick & feels if he forgot everything. He has sweaty palms and increased heartbeat. The counselor can help him and make him understand about his anxiety.
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