What a counselor or therapist can do for you

There are many reasons why you might want to get professional counseling or therapy. Experiencing symptoms related to a mental health condition is one of the first reasons people might decide to see a therapist. But, there are many other important reasons to seek out and talk to a therapist, such as:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavior issues
  • Depression
  • Difficulty coping with life changes
  • Divorce
  • Eating disorder symptoms
  • Feelings of loneliness
  • Feelings of worthlessness
  • Grief
  • Low self-esteem
  • Marriage problems
  • Negative thinking
  • Newly entered couplehood
  • Problems coping with a chronic illness
  • Problems sleeping
  • Questions about sexuality or gender identity
  • Relationship issues
  • Social issues
  • Stress
  • Substance or alcohol issues
  • Thoughts of suicide or self-harm
  • Trauma

Keep in mind that these are all big reasons, but any reason will do if you do not think you are operating optimally. therefore, you do not need to wait until the thing you want to work on becomes significantly distressful. You do not need to wait for a small stressor to become a disorder before seeking help.

How is counseling/therapy different from coaching?

The primary difference is education, licensure, and a legal code of ethics. Thus, coaches are free to do and charge as they please, while counselors and therapists are held to specific rules governing education, ethics, practice, the scope of treatment, disclosures, reporting, and billing.

But, I think there is room for a lot of overlap in the work that coaches and counselors do. The major difference in the scope of work performed is coaches are not allowed to diagnose or treat any mental illness as therapists do.

If you are experiencing symptoms of a mental health problem. Such as feelings of hopelessness, difficulty concentrating, sleep disruption, and mood disturbance, you should consult a mental health professional as soon as possible. Do not consider using a simple life coach. However, if you are looking to have someone help you define your strengths and help you get out of your own way, you may want to consider a coach as well as a counselor for this.

What is professional counseling?

Professional counseling is a joint effort between the therapist and client. As such, therapists/counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems that are holding them back. They also assist with improving communication and coping skills as well as strengthening self-esteem. Clients learn to change their behaviors and realize their innate well-being and optimal mental health states.

The different types of counseling and therapy

There are literally hundreds of types of therapy or counseling. So, if there is any area in your life that could use a little bit of assistance, consider a counselor or therapist.

  • Addiction counseling
  • Art therapy
  • Child counseling
  • Cognitive therapy
  • Couples counseling
  • Family therapy
  • Group counseling
  • Hypnotherapy
  • Marriage counseling
  • Music therapy
  • Organizational therapy
  • Parental counseling
  • Relationship therapy
  • Youth counseling

The ongoing impact of counselors

A therapist or counselor can help you effectively make positive changes in your life. The impact that a therapist has on your life depends. There is a range of factors including the severity of your symptoms and the type of treatment that you receive. Not to mention the desire and effort you put into changing.

Some ways that you might benefit from seeing a therapist include:

  • Awareness of your thoughts and how they contribute to your behaviors
  • Adopting habits that lead to better physical and mental health
  • Exploring your actions and thoughts from a different perspective
  • Feeling supported and understood
  • Gaining greater self-awareness
  • Improving your relationships with others
  • Gaining greater insight into your experiences and behaviors
  • Sharing your fear, burdens, and worries with a neutral, caring person
  • Learning new coping skills that will help you manage stress more effectively

Is therapy all that effective? Research suggests that psychotherapy can be very effective in treating mental health conditions. Compared to medication, psychotherapy has fewer side effects and lower rates of relapse once treatment is stopped. It can also help people develop new coping skills that can promote ongoing resilience.

It's time to: Change Your Mind and Change Your Life