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About Counseling

Each counselor/therapist has their own style, personality, etc. In my office, feel free to rest your feet on the ottomon, bring drinks and snacks, disagree, be blunt, voice your opinions, and make your goals be known. It's your life, so speak up for yourself! Counselors/therapists aren't perfect or all-knowing. We are all created equal. Best wishes!

The goal of counseling is for individuals to learn how to cope, problem-solve, and feel emotionally well. Counseling should aim to teach skills and foster growth to where individuals no longer need counseling assistance. Counselors encourage, support, provide information, teach, and increase insight.

Family members are very important. Each individual and family vary in their beliefs and habits. It's good for families to be diverse, but some things are usually encouraged in counseling, such as improved family communication. Thinking such as right and wrong and who is the most wise should be replaced with viewing life more as full of behaviors and consequences with all having a role in influencing good outcomes for individuals, families, and society.

Cognitive-behavioral therapy is usually preferred in today's times. It entails how to gain insight into our automatic thoughts, perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs to gain control over our moods and stress impacts. How we precieve events leads to how we react to them. Cognitive-behavioral therapy is beneficial for most conditions and symptoms. Due to personally seeing it work quicker and more effective than other therapies, I prefer it.

Venting or sharing is usually the first step in counseling because venting clears the mind and decreases stressful feelings, allowing for better focus, concentration, and leaning. Learning to pay attention to our own thoughts and feelings in encouraged next. Expounding on those thoughts and feelings creates awareness of one's active stressors. Many paths will follow, such as gaining awareness of realistic expectations, gaining optimism, learning acceptance, and gaining confidence in one's ability to achieve emotional, relationship, and career goals.

Coping skills are our way of coping. There are healthy and non-healthy ways to cope. Learning all the many options of healthy coping skills is needed to expand upon making good, effective choices. Using healthy coping skills, consistently, significantly decreases urges to perform behaviors that lead to unwanted consequences. Taking charge of your thoughts, feelings, and behaviors, as taught in Cognitive-Behavioral therapy is a great coping skill that doesn't take much effort to learn and use. Children can also learn this great coping skill!