Counseling is process that involves talking to a trained professional, often referred to as a counselor or therapist, to adddress several emotional, psychological, and behavioral issues. The aim of counseling is to provide individuals with a safe and confidential space to explore their thoughts, feelings and concerns while teaching healthy coping mechanisims to handle current and future challenges that may arise.
Here are some key points about counseling:
Types of Counseling: There are different types of counseling tailored to specific needs. Some common types that you may have heard of are individual counseling, family counseling, or even couples counesling. There are several different specialized forms of counesling as well to target your needs.
Goals: The goals of counseling can vary depending on the individual's needs. It might include managing stress, improving relationships, addressing anxiety or depression, coping with grief or trauma, and personal growth.
Process: The counseling process typically involvves regular sessions witha counselor. During these sessions, clients discuss their concerns, thoughts, and feelings. This is all discussed in a supportive, judgemental free environment. Throughout the session, the counselor will ask you questions, provide insights, affirmations, and and even offer strategies to help.
Confidentiality: Confidentiality is what makes counesling sessions so appealing to some people. Counselors are ethically bound to maintain the privacy of their clinets' information, unless there is a risk of harm to the client or to others.
Choosing a counselor: Finding the right counselor is important. Consider factors such as their specialization, approach to therapy, and your comfort level them them. It is okay to be picky during this process. This is YOUR healing process.
Duration: The duration of counseling can vary widely depending on your exact needs. This type of healing is a marathon, not a race.
Effectiveness: Research suggests that counseling can be effective in helping individuals improve their mental and emotional well-being, develop coping skills, amd have a positive effect/change in their lives.
It's important to note that counseling is not only for those who are struggling with severe mental health issues; it can also be benefical for anyone seeking personal growth, self-awareness or guidance during challening times.
Here at The Breast Place, we encourage our patients to seek counseling. For those that are actively going through cancer treatment or have had a recent cancer diagnosis, we have seen positive effects from counseling.
To whoever is reading this, know you are enough. Know there is help out there, all you have to do is ask for it.