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What is Counseling/What to Expect

Personal counseling is a chance to talk over issues that are important to you with an objective person who has professional training in helping people work through current situations and learn about dealing with similar situations in the future. Some of the problems that people discuss with counselors include relationship problems, academic/school related problems, depression, anxiety, trauma, and issues from the past that negatively affect the person's dailyfunctioning.

Most people go to counseling because they want help with specific problems. Many have talked to friends and family about these problems but are unable to improve things adequately on their own. Counseling provides a safe place in which to talk about issues and generate some useful solutions.

When you come for counseling you can expect to meet with an individual who has been through years of training designed to assist people with personal and social concerns. You can expect your counselor to listen to your experiences and ask you pertinent questions about your life. Your counselor will probably ask you some questions about your background, including your family, atypical experiences, and your relationships with others. The counselor will also ask what you hope to get out of counseling or what your goals are.

Many people come to counseling once per week for several weeks to work on their concerns while others come in just once and others come in periodically. During these meetings clients talk about their issues with the counselor. Sometimes the counselor may assign psychological "homework" as one method for the client to make progress outside of the meetings. Sometimes your counselor may not be the best source of help for you and will help you in finding more appropriate assistance.

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Ron on Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:14 PM
I have found counseling not only calming and reflective but necessary... especially in these critical times.
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Most of us have difficulties in letting our thoughts out. We have the fear that people might judge us or we might bother them. Through counseling, we would be able to help ourselves overcome our problems through seeking professional help and doing concrete actions. Keeping our thoughts in our mind and not being able to talk to anyone will end up with us over thinking these things. It is important to reach out to someone and be open because having a support system will help us keep going.


Selena on Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:15 PM
Thank you for listening and helping me through so much. You are remarkable.
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Kyle on Thursday, March 21, 2013 7:17 PM
Many times I thought I could not get through these troubling times, but knowing someone was there "listening" really made it so much easier. Thank you. :)
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