This Counseling Awareness Month, Learn How Counselors Can Help Clients
Ways Counselors Help
Mental and physical wellness are key to feeling content, healthy and fulfilled. Counselors can help you understand what it means to live a balanced life and help develop plans for success through all stages of life.
People who feel depressed might not know where to turn for relief. Counselors can help by working with you to create daily plans to reduce depressive feelings and increase positivity and joy.
A constant feeling of worry and distress is typically associated with fear of a future event. Counselors can help you examine thoughts attached to anxiety and use cognitive restructuring to reduce it.
Losing a loved one hurts. Counselors can help you examine your feelings related to loss and help you understand your individualized reactions to loss.
- Suicidal thoughts
Counselors can help people who feel helpless and hopeless by seeing their situations from a different perspective. The National Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24/7 at 800-273-8255.
- Substance abuse
The cycle of addiction can be very hard to break. Counselors can help you understand the societal and neurological aspects of addiction and help individuals and families through addiction treatment.
Trauma occurs when you go through or witness an event that you believe was life threatening. The unpleasant emotions, including terror and sadness, related to that experience can be detrimental to your mental health. Counselors can help you process trauma like violence, natural disasters, and war.
- Sexual assault
The #MeToo movement has shed light on the prevalence of sexual assault and misconduct. Counselors can help you examine the aftermath of sexual assault or the sexual assault of friends and loved ones.
Everybody deserves to feel safe. Counselors can help find ways to address bullying, which may involve exploring applicable laws External link related to bullying and cyberbullying.
Self-esteem is how you feel about yourself — your body, your abilities, your image — and how you perceive yourself. Counselors can help you identify your strengths and appreciate your abilities.
Friendships, work interactions, and romantic relationships all require different skill sets. Counselors help people learn communication skills, past patterns, and desires so they can understand the differences between healthy and unhealthy relationships.
Families have their ups and downs. Counselors help people understand family systems, different roles family members play, and ways to increase family functions.
- Professional performance
People in high-performing careers, such as athletes, attorneys, surgeons, and executives, face enormous pressure to continuously perform successfully. Counselors can help you identify how to use your talents for ongoing and improved success.
For young adults starting college, picking an academic major can be daunting and stressful. Counselors can help by exploring individual values, beliefs, and talents as they relate to choosing a career path.
Exercise is important for a healthy body and mind. The American College of Sports Medicine recommends at least 30 minutes of exercise per day. A counselor can help motivate you to maintain your exercise routine by helping create individual plans based on your reasons for working out.