Counseling is a collaborative process which involves the development of a confidential, unique, therapeutic, helping relationship. This relationship is unlike any other as I, and other mental health therapists, act as facilitators to help clients better understand themselves, the world around them, their feelings, and their behaviors.
As is the case with most things in life, there are both benefits and risks while participating in counseling. Counseling may improve your ability to relate with others; provide a clearer understanding of yourself, your values, and your goals; and it often helps relieve stress. Counseling often leads to better relationships, solutions to specific problems, and significant improvement in feelings of distress.
Along with these benefits, counseling will also involve discussing the unpleasant parts of your life, and you may experience uncomfortable feelings during these moments and after sessions. But remember that using the awareness of one’s pain can aid the healing process and result in better relationships with yourself and others.
Please understand that there are no guarantees of what you will experience while in counseling, because each individual and their experiences are so unique. Sometimes personal growth can be quick and easy and other times it may be slow and difficult. The good thing is that the majority of individuals who attend counseling find immense physical and emotional relief and are able to live a happier and healthier lives.
If you are interested in seeking counseling, a great place to start is by browsing ACA’s mental health resources. On these pages, you’ll find a variety of topics that a counselor can help you explore.
Shannon Gonter is a professional counselor in Louisville, KY who works with young adults and specializes in mens issues. She strives to create a counseling environment that men and young adults can relate to, feel heard in and find new solutions to their negative patterns in. Learn more about her and the services she provides at www.therapybyshannon.com.