There is something bothering you, but you do not know where it came from or what to do. You hesitate about sharing it with your family, because you cannot even explain it for yourself. Friends can be where you go to, but you wonder if they can even keep this a secret. You think about opening up to your significant other, but they are one of the factors bothering you lately. When you cannot answer the question, “What should I do?”, that is when counseling steps in as a solution.
Is it only for people with “problems”?
Unlike what most people falsely assume, counseling does not work exclusively for “crazy people”. Counseling works for everyone. Why? Because everybody has their own problems, no matter how small it might be. However, if it is continually ignored or mishandled, small problems can become serious problems. Through counseling, we can learn how to have control over our thoughts, feelings, and actions such that we can deal with our issues well. Psychologist Daniel Reidenberg states that counseling resembles exercising and eating healthy. All three serve as strategies to make life easier and help eliminate sources of stress (Source: Huffington Post).
Counselors: Professionals who are trained to listen
How can counseling help? Trained, professional, counselors are skillful listeners capable of helping us process and disentangle complex thoughts and feelings. Having a counselor allows us to perceive a problem through a different perspective, along with a better understanding of it. Counselors are also there to make people who feel isolated and lonely to be heard and understood without a sense of judgement. Even if we do not have an ongoing or specific problem, counselors can nonetheless help us get to know ourselves better in order to determine what we want in life.
A way to a solution
Counseling with the right person may be the way we reach the solution to the confusion or personal turbulence we are currently under. It can help us understand things that are and have happened, and find a way to keep moving onwards in life. Throughout counseling, the counselors and us will discuss and work together towards finding the answer to the question, “What should I do?”.