At some point in life, you may need help managing emotional distress and anxiety. This is when counseling is most beneficial. Counseling helps you process overwhelming emotions, urges and behaviors in a confidential, non-judgmental atmosphere.
Through therapy, you will work together to identify and understand the root of your problems. Pinpointing your problem source allows counseling to offer alternatives to problematic behavior or coping methods when something stressful is outside your control.
In addition to other specific issues, counseling can help you address many common sources of emotional distress, including:
- Emotional problems
- Depression & Sadness
- Trauma and PTSD
- Spousal abuse
- Anxiety & Irritability
- Personal relationship issues with friends or family
- Eating Disorders
- Substance addiction
- Sexually related abuse
- Stress or Work-related stress
- Chronic illness or disability-related emotional challenges
- Major life changes
I also give counseling to children or teens (adolescents). Any problem that affects multiple areas of your life, such as your concentration at work or personal relationships, is serious. Ignoring your problems only drains your emotional well-being. Seek help before you feel like you’re “on the edge” or overwhelmed by emotional distress. Trust yourself. If you think you’d benefit from receiving counseling, you probably would.
Please consider counseling if you experience any of the following:
- More than a week of chronic unhappiness
- Frequent insomnia
- Feel tempted to hit or otherwise harm a child or person in your care
- Are placing someone you love in nursing facility or alternative care
- A major loss or grief in your life, such as a job, a pet or spouse
- Suffer from a chronic illness or a terminal condition
- Feel unable to prioritize your life like you once could
- Feel overwhelmed by stress of work or home
- Think about killing or hurting yourself
A healthy life balances work, learning, love and play. Disrupting this balance increases your risk for stress and self-destructive behavior. You don’t have to be mentally ill to benefit from counseling. In fact, many of life’s most difficult issues are a normal part of human development. Getting counseling helps you address these feelings in a productive way, so you can focus on what really matters in your life.