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What Counseling Does For People

Counseling applies to many fields that delve into the problems people encounter personally and with their relationship with others; with the goal of helping improve the person’s attitude, behavior or character. It can involve marriage and family counseling; education and/or career guidance; as well as counseling relative to rehabilitation, mental health, or substance abuse. Some counseling focus on debt management; child development; eating disorders treatment; and target the root cause(s) of depression, stress, grief, or anxiety. Post-trauma (physical or psychological) counseling is also very important for assisting the victim to rise above the impact of the trauma, especially for someone who suffered harm from accidents, violence, or catastrophic situations (i.e., car collision, crime, war, natural disaster like an earthquake). Companies also hold employee counseling as an intervention tactic to resolve organizational conflicts and promote harmonious relationships among employees. It assists individuals bring forth their capacity to resolve emotional, personal and relationship issues. Counseling is usually a component of most psychotherapy regimes that aids people in developing greater self awareness; allowing them to make positive changes in their lives.

In essence, counseling is not merely giving advice. It must not be judgmental, nor an attempt to sort out the problems of an individual seeking counsel. Counseling does not expect a client or encourage him to behave in a way in which the counselor may have behaved when confronted with a similar situation. A counselor must avoid being emotionally involved with the client. Effective counseling steers away from the bias of a counselor’s own perspective and value system.

The process may be carried out by the counselor one-on-one with the person requiring guidance. It can be done through a workshop, group or peer session steered by the counselor. The sessions are designed to bring to fore the difficulties being experienced and provide techniques for developing emotional resilience that can be put into effect for real positive change. Some therapists provide psychotherapy treatment using online face-to-face video technology for a reasonable fee to clients.

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At some point in their lives, many people find themselves counseling without a true understanding of what the role entails. A person can offer friendly advice, but it takes a highly trained individual, able to use different counseling approaches, to be effective at professional counseling. Professional counselors receive training to ably assist, advise and guide those who are encountering personal problems and difficulties related to the aforementioned issues. Psychologists, psychiatrists, social workers, allied health or mental health workers get trained and are usually certified and/or accredited to provide counseling in their area of expertise. Competent counselors can ferret out what is bothering an individual and facilitates conflict resolution which ultimately allows the person to feel better and better able to cope.

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Substantial literature is also available online to help with the counseling process. Various info-sites also provide self-help resources, including podcasts, personal development books and e-counseling services. A substantial number of websites also perform as accredited help lines who provide counseling services.