"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom.” — Viktor Frankl

We build strong, healthy muscles through resistance. Taking steps to improve mental health works the same way. You can learn to challenge the unhealthy thoughts and patterns that keep you from personal growth. Counselors can help.

Counseling is a therapeutic relationship. It's just as normal as anything else we do to maintain or improve our health and well-being: exercise, rest/relaxation, fun with friends, eating right. And it’s equally as important. Because life doesn’t come with an instruction manual. We face new or unforeseen obstacles at almost every turn of our personal journey. And sometimes those obstacles can’t be moved. The coping mechanisms we develop along the way to help us navigate can sometimes end up hurting us. Counselors are trained to identify and help correct the misguided or unnecessary thought patterns, emotions, and behaviors that no longer serve us—those that create unrealistic expectations, fragile bonds to loved ones, depression, anxiety, and so much more. You’re not alone on this journey.

Please use the resources on this page to learn more about the counseling process, find a counselor, and/or spread the word about the power of counseling.


Sharable Resources to Promote Counseling Awareness Month:

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Train Your Brain with Counseling Poster

12 Things You Should Know About Professional Counselors Infographic

Find Your Voice Video
Counselors are a beautiful reflection of our diverse society. They put an emphasis on providing a nonjudgmental, compassionate, and safe space for their clients to explore concerns. 

25 Reasons to Have a Counselor in Your Life, The Mighty

16 Ways to Make the Most of Counseling — From Counselors Themselves, The Mighty

Mindfulness Infographic for Students

Gifsicle on Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT)

Counseling: An Overview
Q&A with Dr. David Kaplan, Chief Professional Officer of the American Counseling Association

Social Media Contest

Hashtag Challenge for the Public:
How has a counselor helped you #trainyourbrain? Let us know by posting to Facebook or Twitter during the month of April using hashtag #trainyourbrain and tagging us: @CounselingViews on Twitter or American Counseling Association on Facebook. Each week, we’ll choose a winning entry and bring it to life as a custom meme for ACA’s social media channels (attributed to you). At the end of April, the writer of the most popular meme will win a $50 ACA eGift Certificate good for counseling-related merchandise, including t-shirts, water bottles, and more.

Hashtag Challenge for Counselors:

During the month of April, share practical “train your brain” tips on social media around the weekly topics listed below. Make sure to use hashtag #trainyourbrain in your posts and tag us: @CounselingViews on Twitter or American Counseling Association on Facebook.
IMPORTANT: Your tips should be written for members of the public, not for other counselors.

Week 1, April 1-9: Stress management
Week 2, April 10-16: Relationships
Week 3, April 17-23: Anxiety
Week 4, April 24-30: Depression

Each week, we’ll choose a winning entry and bring it to life as a custom meme for ACA’s social media channels (attributed to you). At the end of April, the writer of the most popular meme will win an ACA 2018 Conference & Expo registration (Atlanta, April 26–29).

Special Offer: 20% Off Neurocounseling Book During CAM!

Special offer for Counseling Awareness Month! 20% off print copies of ACA's much-anticipated new book, Neurocounseling: Brain-Based Clinical Approaches. (Enter code CAM4 during online checkout; expires 4/30/17.) Eighteen leading experts in the field offer guidelines and techniques for becoming a skillful neuroscience-informed counselor, making direct connections between the covered material and clinical practice. Click here to order.

Congressional Briefing: The Epidemic of Opioid Addiction

On Tuesday, April 4, 2017, ACA will be hosting a two-hour Congressional briefing at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center. This briefing will explore the effects of opioid use disorder and the unique roles Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) play in helping individuals, and their families, recover. Read a special Counseling Today online exclusive about the event here. Watch the video here. Download the infographic we created for the event here.

Counseling Insights

Counselors are poised to empower like never before:
"As allies, we strive to understand our clients’ experiences, to collaborate with them in setting and achieving attainable objectives, and to help them build or rebuild relationships with the individuals in their support network. We worry for our clients, we cry with them, and we celebrate their victories because we know how hard they often have to work to simply move through the world."
—Leah Culler, Antioch University, Seattle
Tomorrow’s Counselor Essay Competition Grand Prize Winner

Find a Counselor

Take the first step. Click here to start the process of finding a counselor in your area. And remember, professional counseling is a relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Learn to thrive, not just survive.

Counseling Corner Blog

We all face daily challenges in today's complicated and demanding world. ACA’s Counseling Corner Blog offers thoughtful ideas, suggestions, and strategies for helping you live a happier and healthier life. Browse posts and subscribe to receive updates today.

Tools to Make the Most of Your CAM Efforts (for ACA Members)

2017 Counseling Awareness Month - Media Tips for Members (
Engage with your local media outlets to help spread the word about Counseling Awareness Month and the power of counseling in today's society. This document explains how to approach members of the media with story ideas and addresses current trends in the field.

About ACA and Counseling (Download)
Use the information in this document to inform media outreach efforts or engage with people in your community

WAMU Radio Spot

Do you live in the metro DC area? Listen for our radio spot on WAMU 88.5 FM (an NPR station). The spot is designed to inform policy makers and other decision makers in Washington, DC, about the power of counseling. It may also get members of the public to consider the possibilities of counseling. The message will run throughout the month of April.

Volunteer Week: April 17-21

During the week of April 17-21, ACA arranged a unique volunteer opportunity with Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA). ACA members will be helping to empower their local club’s staff and volunteers with information and insights they need to navigate many important issues affecting today’s youth, including anxiety, depression, bullying, LGBTQ inclusion, trauma, education concerns, and more. As BGCA continues to embrace a new organizational focus on emotional health, ACA members will help in structuring safe, thoughtful learning environments. Stay tuned for more news about this exciting initiative!

Interesting Reads

How to Stop Your Stories From Running Your Life,

When brain meets bodyCounseling Today

The (misguided) pursuit of happinessCounseling Today

Sometimes Embracing Emotional Distress Is the Best Medicine
, Scientific American

How Science Reveals That “Well-Being” Is a Skill
, mindful

Why Olympic Athletes Shouldn’t Try to Calm Down Before a Big Moment
, New York Magazine

Is the Default Mode of the Brain to Suffer?
, New York Magazine

What Stress Does to Your Brain, mindful

Meditation, Nutrition, Fitness: One 'Party School' Tried to Tame the College Brain
, nprEd

A scar is not a wound: a metaphor for counseling, Counseling Today

Treating depression and anxiety, Counseling Today

Cultivating a practice of mindfulness, Counseling Today

Helping clients realize their daily potential, Counseling Today

Validating the quarter-life crisis, Counseling Today

Falling short of perfect, Counseling Today

Worrying for a living, Counseling Today