Does Counseling Really Work? Five Reasons to Try

| October 28, 2012

marriage counseling Seeing a therapist can still be a stigma for some, a supposed sign of weakness or that someone is “crazy.” The truth is, many people experience some sort of mental disorder or illness during their lives. According to the National Institute of Mental Health, about one in four adults will have a diagnosable mental disorder in any given year. Serious mental illness affects about 6% of the adult population.

Counseling is nothing to be ashamed of, and counselors can often help give you peace of mind. They can also head off larger problems. Read on to learn more reasons to try counseling and start your search for one in your community at DexKnows.

Finding someone to listen

Friends and acquaintances hear what we say, but they don’t always listen — at least not objectively. Counselors are trained to be good, effective listeners who will help you gain understanding of your problems. A counselor or therapist isn’t going to pass judgment and will keep what you say confidential. A counselor is a sounding board whom you can trust.

Finding a new perspective

A counselor may be able to help you see things in a new light. They can help break the unhappiness and anxiety that comes from feeling you “have no choice” when it comes to a certain issue in your life. A counselor can help you weigh options and come up with solutions that you may not have realized on your own.

Easing stress

There’s a lot in life to stress you out, including your career and possibly your finances. For many, there may also be relationship or marital issues as well as the anxiety of getting through each day’s demands. A counselor can help you cope better with the stress. Counseling can also help you deal with life’s transitions and the death of a loved one. When the emotional stress seems too much to bear, a counselor can help find you some relief.

Making stronger bonds

There are times when you just have trouble communicating with others, including making connections with the loved ones and friends in your life. A counselor can help you understand them better and how they relate to you. A counselor or therapist may even be able to visit with you and your loved ones to offer advice and help ease any lingering issues that are breaking down those lines of communication.

Focusing on problem areas and addictions

Counseling can help you overcome issues including alcohol, gambling or other addictions. Therapists can help you develop coping mechanisms and ways to avoid repeating addictive behaviors. A counselor helps you see those self-destructive behaviors and develop a plan to overcome them.

Like any health issue, early diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders are key. A counselor or therapist can determine whether you are suffering from a more serious mental illness and get you the help you need to lead a full, productive life. A counselor can also reduce stress that, if left unchecked, can lead to other problems in your life, including more physical illnesses.

Don’t be afraid of what people may think if you feel you need to see a counselor. This is one of the times when it must be about what you need, not what others think. Remember this as you start your search at DexKnows.

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