Counselor help doesn’t just provide support for “mental health issues.” The more common theme, especially in busy cities, is people searching for the best counselor for stress management, anxiety relief, or help for life changes. People who are going through a divorce, a job change, marriage, or parenting issues also seek counseling and don’t necessarily have diagnoseable mental health issues. The whole purpose for seeking a counselor can simply be to align yourself with someone who can help you solve a specific issue or develop a plan for improvement of any life situation.
When you are going through a major life change, such as a move, a break-up or divorce, a career change, or any transition in life, talking to someone that is not related to you really does help. It doesn’t just have to be a change that brings you to a counselor. It can also be to seek coaching and support on your path to self-discovery. Counseling for individuals is the best intervention for so many life issues because it provides the most objective, least invasive relief. There aren’t any side effects, and you are adding to your support system which empowers you in your life.
The most common thing that any person seeking a counselor discovers is information about who they are. The objective feedback that you receive about your emotions (anxiety, fear, jealousy, mistrust, anger, etc.) or your reactions (behaviors or coping skills) is an invaluable resource. One that is non-judgmental, does not blame or criticize, and provides perspective that is not personally motivated. This is just one of the many reasons a person gets such benefits from counseling over just talking to friends or family.
If you want help developing an action plan for change and a “trainer” for your mental health.
Everyone can benefit from talking to a licensed counselor. Mothers, daughters, fathers, step-mom’s, step-dad’s, couples living together, just dating, or married, and anyone in between. Finding the right professional can depend a lot on what you are coming in for, but the general consensus is that it works for almost everyone.
Professionals, such as software programmers, teachers, directors, or lawyers seeking a counselor, enjoy the anonymity and the educated, highly trained support. Parents, for example, appreciate having a sounding board that is safe and can provide developmentally appropriate tools for parenting issues. Yet other, such as people who suffer from anxiety or stress, find therapy techniques like CBT (cognitive behavioral therapy), more effective than medication. Lastly, people who experience problems in their relationship find talking to an individual counselor gives them fresh perspective. Despite different reasons for seeking therapy, the one thing almost everyone who starts therapy can agree on is that they wish they has started it sooner.
The other thing that a counselor does is offer unbiased support. This is different than the therapy you get from a friend. A counselor that specializes in anxiety, or a counselor that specializes in relationship issues, is committed to providing you with the right tools, strategies, and support to help you meet your goals. Being accountable to someone other than yourself also adds increased motivation. The counseling process is like having a trainer for your mind. It is a collaboration and each session is designed to produce results.
If you have ever had any doubts about whether talking to a counselor is right for you, the best thing to do is some research. You can ask around if you know someone who has seen one in the past. Even if you see the same person as a friend, your personal information will be protected. You can also look online and usually read reviews from other clients. People often feel reassured when they know that someone else has had a good experience. Afterall, therapy is a professional service of helping and you want to know you are in good hands.
The main benefits to counseling happen when you commit to the process and don’t get in your own way. Your health doesn’t just encompass your physical traits. Getting the right type of professional help can be hard to find, but once you do, the rewards are tremendous. Even life-changing. Find out more today by calling 407-592-8997. You can book your first appointment or just ask questions about how a counselor can help.
Heather Oller is a licensed Orlando therapist at Orlando Thrive Therapy, Coaching & Counseling who specializes in counseling Orlando couples, individuals, and families who are seeking changes in their lives. She has been a mental health professional for over 17 years and is a practicing Orlando counselor that specializes in conflict resolution for couples. You can contact her for an appointment or call 407-592-8997 for more information.