Counseling is a collaborative process between a person and a well-trained mental health professional with the goal of improving one’s overall functioning and quality of life. Counseling is NOT advice giving, nor is it someone telling another person how to live their life. Counseling is not just for those who suffer with serious mental illness. Over the course of a lifetime we all experience difficult and trying times. Individuals who attend counseling are often intelligent and strong people who recognize they can use a little extra help in life or could use a different perspective on a situation. Therapy can also be beneficial to those experiencing normal reactions to life stressors, such as feelings of sadness about a loss of a relationship, or a loved one, or anxiety about starting a new career. Therapists can help individuals improve coping skills, aid those who seek personal growth in life, or assist people in making life choices.
The length of treatment varies and is based on various factors, such as severity, frequency, and duration of the presenting issue or attainment of a specific goal. Length of therapy is a collaborative process between the therapist and client and is based on progress, but it is ultimately the choice of the individual.