The Benefits of Counseling and Therapy
Counseling and therapy are designed to help individuals address and resolve various concerns, issues, and symptoms. Counseling and therapy intend to promote increased self-awareness, insight, and understanding, thereby enhancing a client’s experience of themselves and others. Thus, not only is counseling effective for helping clients overcome barriers, treatment can also help enhance many positive qualities of an individual’s life, such as increasing self-esteem and compassion and enhancing joy, connection and self-love.
During the course of counseling or therapy, the mental health professional functions as a support in a way that is different from the support a friend or family member provides. Although there is often a strong and connected bond, it is not the same type of relationship. This allows for a safe environment where anything can be said. The counselor or therapist is able to provide a client objective support and aid in helping them find constructive ways of coping with stress, negative feelings, and challenges.
COUNSELING & THERAPY MODALITIES
- Individual therapy or individual counseling
- Marriage counseling and couples counseling
- Family therapy and counseling
- Group therapy
- Life coaching
At Equilibria Psychological and Consultation Services we use an integrative, strength-based treatment model to address each individual’s set of unique issues and/or goals. We pull from cognitive behavioral, interpersonal, systems-focused, and insight-oriented approaches to design effective treatment, consultation, and assessment strategies to help our clients.
Why Seek Counseling and Therapy?
People seek counseling/therapy services for all different types of reasons. There is no such thing as a “right” or “wrong” issue that can be discussed in therapy/counseling. In other words, counseling or therapy is a safe environment where a client can discuss anything that they want or need to discuss.
Seeking the help of a therapist or counselor does not mean you are crazy at all. In fact, the majority of individuals that seek therapy or counseling services are everyday people struggling with everyday, very human problems and issues.
Reasons for Attending Counseling and Therapy:
- Feelings of stress or anxiety
- Anger management
- Relationship issues
- Feelings of depression or sadness
- Feelings of loneliness
- Academic or work related pressures
- Career concerns
- Coping with medical issues
- Sleeping difficulties
- Eating concerns
- Learning concerns
- Problems with attention, concentration and focus
- Substance use
- Enhancing self-esteem
- Sexual issues, concerns or questions
- Concerns about behaviors
- Concerns about certain emotions
- Concerns about certain thoughts
- The desire to increase self-understanding and self-insight
- Enhancement of positive qualities and strengths
Everyone has difficult life experiences and sometimes being able to talk them through and seek the support of a therapist or counselor can make a significant difference.
In addition to helping people with mental health disorders or the challenges/barriers that people face, counseling and therapy are also used by many people simply for life enhancement, self-discovery, and increased self-understanding.