Thoughtful Therapy

  Helping women find freedom and peace

Blog

Blog

Five Benefits of Counseling

Posted on 18 August, 2015 at 9:00

You've had some issues come up for you recently. Maybe they are things you haven't thought about in a long time, or maybe they pop into your mind a lot. But, you're tired of living this way. You're tired of thinking this way. Something has to change. You are thinking about talking to someone. You feel like you have worn your friends out on this stuff already and don't want to be a "Debbie Downer." Or you have kept it all inside because you don't think anyone will understand. This is a time when talking to a counselor may be helpful, but you wonder what the benefits of counseling are.


Below are several benefits of counseling. This is not an exhaustive list.


Confidentiality. When you talk to a counselor, your conversation remains confidential. While there are certain exceptions to this (a main one being threat of suicide), it is rare that a counselor must break confidentiality, and in that case it is for your safety. Behind this closed door you can feel free to share whatever is on your mind, whatever is bothering you. This is a safe place.


No Judgment. Your counselor will listen to you without judging you. I find that clients are often concerned about what I will think of something they have done or something that happened to them. It's safe to share even those things you don't want to tell anyone about. Counselors have heard many, many stories and situations, and are used to surprises from clients. Sometimes it takes a client months to decide they feel safe enough to share, but when they do, they find it wasn't as bad as they thought it would be.


Active Listening. Your counselor is actively listening to what you say. They are paying attention to you and processing what you tell them. This is so they can validate your feelings, or even help you name feelings you weren't sure of or aware of. This also helps your counselor make connections in your story, pointing out patterns and themes in the narrative of your life that can give you insights and raise your awareness. Some clients have told me that a counseling session is the first time they felt like anyone was listening to them.


Non-biased feedback. Your counselor can help you draw conclusions from and make connections in your story. They can help you see another perspective and consider how others involved may have felt in the same situation. They can also offer challenges to your own behavior that help you gain insight into how you might handle things differently next time. Because the counselor is not emotionally involved in your story, they are able to see things through a different lens, not colored by any one person's point of view.


Feel Better. It can feel so good to talk something out. Sometimes just hearing yourself say it out loud is enough to process it. Other times it's nice to have someone else agree with you or challenge you. When you work through the issue you are dealing with, a weight lifts off your shoulders. You begin to understand more about yourself and others. You clean out wounds from the past that are festering and throw off problems that are holding you back.


The point of living life is to move forward. We frequently (constantly?) encounter obstacles that impede our forward momentum, but we still have to go on. Often we may have to stop and tend to wounds before this can happen. How can you run with an infection? You can't. At least, not very well. That's where counseling comes in. Counseling can help clean out the wound so you can go on, go forward, like you are meant to do.

Categories: Life Skills, Getting Organized

Post a Comment

Oops!

Oops, you forgot something.

Oops!

The words you entered did not match the given text. Please try again.

119 Comments

Reply abuiazegu
12:14 on 22 March, 2020 
An vcl.vsun.inglefamilylawncare.com.vkm.ra regular, antibodies; refused [URL=http://washingtonsharedparenting.com/low-cost-plaquenil/ - order plaquenil online[/URL - [URL=http://wellnowuc.com/canadian-pharmacy-chloroquine/ - buy chloroquine no prescription[/URL - [URL=http://jacksfarmradio.com/buy-chloroquine-online/ - chloroquine capsules for sale[/URL - [URL=http://scoverage.org/plaquenil-without-prescription/ - plaquenil without prescription[/URL - lowest price for plaquenil [URL=http://oliveogrill.com/chloroquine/ - chloroquine online canada[/URL - [URL=http://panamacityjuniors.com/lowest-price-plaquenil/ - lowest price plaquenil[/URL - cite buy plaquenil online cheap lowest chloroquine prices buy chloroquine online chloroquine plaquenil.com lowest price chloroquine brand no prescription chloroquine canada plaquenil pectineal gallstones http://washingtonsharedparenting.com/low-cost-plaquenil/ plaquenil information http://wellnowuc.com/canadian-pharmacy-chloroquine/ canadian pharmacy chloroquine http://jacksfarmradio.com/buy-chloroquine-online/ chloroquine no prescription chloroquine information http://scoverage.org/plaquenil-without-prescription/ plaquenil.com lowest price http://oliveogrill.com/chloroquine/ no prescription chloroquine chloroquine http://panamacityjuniors.com/lowest-price-plaquenil/ canada plaquenil stylet, incisors arrives, eat.
Reply jordan sneakers
21:46 on 3 September, 2020 
After research a couple of of the blog posts on your website now, and I actually like your way of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark web site listing and shall be checking back soon. Pls take a look at my web site as nicely and let me know what you think.
jordan sneakers http://www.jordanssneakers.us.com
Reply hermes belt
19:00 on 4 September, 2020 
Nice post. I study one thing tougher on different blogs everyday. It is going to at all times be stimulating to read content from different writers and practice a little one thing from their store. I?d favor to use some with the content on my blog whether you don?t mind. Natually I?ll provide you with a hyperlink in your web blog. Thanks for sharing.
hermes belt http://www.hermesbelts.com
Reply supreme hoodie
4:58 on 6 September, 2020 
Your home is valueble for me. Thanks!?
supreme hoodie http://www.supremeshoodie.com
Reply yeezy
22:47 on 6 September, 2020 
Oh my goodness! an incredible article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I'm experiencing concern with ur rss . Don?t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anybody getting equivalent rss downside? Anyone who knows kindly respond. Thnkx
yeezy http://www.adidasyeezys.us.com
Reply bape hoodie
7:08 on 8 September, 2020 
very good put up, i certainly love this website, carry on it
bape hoodie http://www.bapehoodie.us
Reply yeezy supply
6:49 on 10 September, 2020 
Aw, this was a very nice post. In thought I would like to put in writing like this moreover ?taking time and actual effort to make an excellent article?however what can I say?I procrastinate alot and certainly not appear to get one thing done.
yeezy supply http://www.adidasyeezysupply.com
Reply kyrie shoes
0:17 on 11 September, 2020 
Your place is valueble for me. Thanks!?
kyrie shoes http://www.kyrieirving-shoes.us.com
Reply pg shoes
16:02 on 12 September, 2020 
After examine a couple of of the weblog posts in your web site now, and I truly like your method of blogging. I bookmarked it to my bookmark website list and can be checking back soon. Pls try my web page as nicely and let me know what you think.
pg shoes http://www.paulgeorgeshoes.us.com
Reply jordan shoes
15:04 on 13 September, 2020 
Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thanks Nevertheless I am experiencing situation with ur rss . Don?t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting identical rss drawback? Anybody who knows kindly respond. Thnkx
jordan shoes http://www.jordan6.us.com
Reply nike kyrie 5
22:03 on 14 September, 2020 
Can I simply say what a aid to seek out someone who truly knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know how to deliver a difficulty to gentle and make it important. Extra individuals need to learn this and perceive this aspect of the story. I cant imagine youre no more in style since you undoubtedly have the gift.
nike kyrie 5 http://www.kyrie5s.us
Reply kyrie spongebob
19:25 on 15 September, 2020 
I was very happy to search out this internet-site.I wanted to thanks to your time for this excellent read!! I definitely having fun with every little bit of it and I've you bookmarked to take a look at new stuff you blog post.
kyrie spongebob http://www.kyrie5spongebob.us
Reply jordan shoes
4:56 on 17 September, 2020 
Oh my goodness! an amazing article dude. Thanks However I am experiencing issue with ur rss . Don?t know why Unable to subscribe to it. Is there anyone getting equivalent rss drawback? Anyone who is aware of kindly respond. Thnkx
jordan shoes http://www.jordan4.us.com
Reply golden goose outlet
23:19 on 17 September, 2020 
Hello! I simply would like to give a huge thumbs up for the nice data you have right here on this post. I might be coming again to your weblog for more soon.
golden goose outlet http://www.goldengooseofficial.com
Reply jordan shoes
15:22 on 19 September, 2020 
It is best to take part in a contest for probably the greatest blogs on the web. I will advocate this site!
jordan shoes http://www.cheapjordans.us.com
Reply kd13
13:17 on 20 September, 2020 
It?s hard to search out knowledgeable folks on this topic, but you sound like you understand what you?re talking about! Thanks
kd13 http://www.kd13shoes.us
Reply supreme clothing
15:37 on 22 September, 2020 
You made some decent points there. I seemed on the internet for the problem and located most individuals will go along with together with your website.
supreme clothing http://www.supreme-clothings.us.com
Reply hermes handbags
19:37 on 23 September, 2020 
Can I just say what a relief to search out someone who actually knows what theyre talking about on the internet. You undoubtedly know learn how to deliver a problem to mild and make it important. More people need to learn this and perceive this facet of the story. I cant consider youre no more common because you undoubtedly have the gift.
hermes handbags http://www.hermes-handbags.us.org
Reply lebron james shoes
16:47 on 24 September, 2020 
There's noticeably a bundle to learn about this. I assume you made certain nice points in features also.
lebron james shoes http://www.lebronjamesshoes.name
Reply moncler jacket
21:07 on 25 September, 2020 
Youre so cool! I dont suppose Ive learn something like this before. So nice to seek out somebody with some unique ideas on this subject. realy thank you for beginning this up. this web site is something that is needed on the net, somebody with a little originality. helpful job for bringing something new to the internet!
moncler jacket http://www.monclersoutletstore.com