Apr
28

Why Talk To a Counselor?

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Although it is important to have a natural support system to turn to in difficult times, some issues are difficult to handle with just the help of family or friends. Your problems may be personal, complicated, vague, or deeply rooted; or you may want the input of an objective third party. Sometimes family and friends might not be available as much as you need, or they might not know how to help.

A counselor can:

  • help you to feel heard and understood; and to express your thoughts and emotions in a safe, supportive environment.
  • help you pinpoint problems, problem-solve, gain insight into what is causing your difficulties, come up with ideas about how to feel better, and help you make decisions.
  • teach you specific life skills; like parenting skills, stress management skills, relationship skills, communication skills, organization skills, emotion management skills, how to change your unhealthy habits, and more.
  • help you make a plan that includes certain activities, techniques, or skills.  Also, having a counselor to check in with can help you to fine tune and follow through with your plan.
  • help you to motivate yourself to pursue your interests, do things that are meaningful to you, and cultivate a sense of purpose in your life
  • give you honest feedback, and help you learn how to give and receive feedback with others.
  • recommend literature and provide you with handouts relevant to your issues.
  • help you recognize and challenge problematic thinking patterns that contribute to feelings such as hopelessness or helplessness, and to develop a more positive outlook.
  • help you discover your strengths and how to use them to grow stronger in other areas; and help you regain a sense of control and pleasure in life.
  • help you explore things about your past, your family, and your life patterns, to get at the deeper causes of your discomfort.

If you feel stuck, counseling can help you look beyond the obvious.  It is a process that can help you identify your specific obstacles to change, happiness, or satisfying relationships; and then gradually work on overcoming these obstacles.

Anda Jines MS, LCPC, Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor
Offering counseling services in the southwest suburbs of Chicago

Categories : About Counseling

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