Counseling & Therapy
Coming to terms with the decision to seek professional help can be a difficult process. Yet, once we’ve made that call, we gain a glimmer of hope and relief that change for the better is not far away. There are times when life can seem overwhelming. Major life events or even a major crisis can leave us feeling confused, troubled, depressed and unsure of how things will get better. Often our choice is to tough it out, doing what we can while ignoring the challenges and hope things turn out okay. If we avoid addressing issues for too long however, things can become worse and problems can become bigger. This approach, even if we finally muddle through, can cause tremendous amounts of stress and anxiety, and sometimes leads to much bigger and more serious problems.
The second option is turning to family or friends. That’s not a bad thing if those we trust with our fears and problems truly are understanding and able to offer meaningful support and help. But sometimes family or friends are not available or don’t have the experience or the time to provide needed assistance. That’s when it’s time to consider a third option – professional help.
Seeking out a counselor can be a difficult choice. It’s not only asking for help, but doing so with a stranger, one you have to pay. Counseling professionals are trained to help people feeling overwhelmed and unsure of what steps to take next. They don’t dictate cures to clients, but rather help their patients uncover recognize that your problems are real and that you want to do something about them.