Frequently Asked Questions
What is counseling?
Counseling is a process of self-discovery that can help people learn how to deal more effectively with situations in their lives such as depression, addiction and substance abuse, stress, problems with self esteem, grief, issues related to mental and emotional health, and relational problems. This process helps people feel more comfortable with themselves, others, and helps develop some of the skills needed to deal with the tensions that come from inside.
Who Benefits from Counseling?
The therapy/counseling process helps people get “unstuck”. Through the development of insight and increased self awareness, people are able to gain a better understanding of their own behavior and the issues, feelings and events that motivate them. The most useful benefit of therapy is often an improvement in health and well being. This often translates into increased self-confidence, productivity and a greater sense of vitality and peace of mind. People of any age can grow and profit from the experience of therapy. There is no “wrong” time to begin!
What can I expect?
Counseling is a type of learning about oneself, one’s feelings, and one’s relationships with others. As in any learning environment, individuals will benefit most if they participate actively, attend sessions on time and are open and honest with the counselor. In turn, the counselor will listen to the individual’s concerns, assist him/her in setting and reaching appropriate goals and will respect his/her confidentiality. Counselors abide by the ethical principles of the American Counselors Association and individuals can expect to have services delivered in a professional, legal and ethical manner.