According to the American Counseling Association, counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and the client; professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems that are causing them emotional turmoil. Counselors help improve a client's communication and coping skills, strengthen their self-esteem, and work to promote behavioral changes that lead to optimal mental health. Counselors help clients develop strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they're facing.
"There are many ways counseling can help a person, regardless of what they're going through," said Amanda Johnson, PhD, Clinical Director of Capstone Behavioral Health Care. "Counseling can help a patient get a correct diagnosis for a mental health condition, and it can help them learn about and understand a previously determined mental health diagnosis."
Counseling can help patients overcome fears or phobias, and can help change health-related behaviors like dieting and exercising. "Patients can learn to cope with stress more effectively, and they can learn skills that help them improve the relationships in their life," added Johnson. "Counseling can also help people overcome addictions to substances or to unhealthy behaviors like compulsive shopping or gambling. Counseling teaches patients to change unhealthy thoughts, and can help improve their self-esteem."
Most of the methods in which counseling can help a person involve learning new information or skills, according to Johnson. "In many ways, counselors are like instructors who are there to teach people to deal with life's challenges in better ways," she explained. "In addition, in a counseling session, a neutral person listens to what the patient is going through and provides support. It's confidential, so patients can feel safe and free to share details and information regarding things they may not want others to know. It's very beneficial for patients to open up with someone who won't judge or criticize them." For more information about how counseling can help you, please contact:
Capstone Behavioral Health Care
1123 1st Avenue E, Suite 200
Newton, Iowa. 50208