What is individual counseling?
Individual counseling can be helpful for a wide variety of issues that can range from feeling overwhelmed by day-to-day life challenges and just needing someone to talk things out with, to more complex issues like addictions, depression, anxiety, trauma or PTSD, or significant relationship problems. If you are feeling like you aren't your usual self lately but you aren't sure why, or if there are some things that bother you but are difficult to talk about, individual counseling can offer a place where you can work through these issues with a licensed counselor who can help you get rid of these issues that have been draining your energy and held you back.
How is counseling different from just talking with a friend?
Talking with friends or relatives is very important and can be really useful in many situations, but there are a few key differences between talking with a professional counselor and talking with someone you know. One of the big differences is that your friends and family have a relationship with you that they value and this may prevent them from seeing the situation in an unbiased way. Their relationship with you may also limit their ability to be fully honest about some difficult topics because they are invested in being your friend or relative and they would want to have a good relationship with you. Your therapist on the other hand, is not constrained by a personal relationship with you - he or she can look at your situation without the biases of friends and can more easily help you see things you didn't notice about your situation. Unlike your friendships, your therapeutic relationship is based on your needs only (not your therapists) and you don't have to worry about hurting your therapists feelings because it is his or her job to manage that outside therapy. This translates to a great deal of freedom for you to be who you are, feel and say what you feel and concentrate on you and your needs without any judgement or without having to worry about others. While outside of therapy this may not win you many friends, in therapy this freedom provides you with the therapeutic environment in which you can work through the issues that brought you to therapy.
What types of problems do people work on in counseling?
Individual counseling is very versatile and people can benefit from it when dealing with virtually any issue. Some of the most common reasons for seeking individual counseling include difficulty adjusting to life changes and transitions, coping with traumatic life experiences, and difficulty managing feelings, such as depression, stress, anxiety and anger. Other common issues include dissatisfaction in relationships, parenting challenges, men's issues, and substance addiction such as alcohol or opioids, or other addictions such as food or pornography.
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