Everyone, at one point in their life, will seek and desire the ear of someone trustworthy who supports them in any given situation. Sometimes that ear needs to be a professional, that can give us better advice than our friend or family member. Good counseling is a refreshing combination of a life coach, a great friend, and an educated professional for people who realize being strong also requires being supported.

Strength can be an illusion.

Some people appear to breeze through life changes and transitions with ease. They seem to be models of coping through divorce, parenting, financial struggles and more. If you are one of these “lucky ones” others see as a role model for strength, the truth might be lonely.

In reality, you may be overwhelmed and have unmet needs you can no longer ignore. Your self-care goals require a combination of strategies a skilled counselor can provide. Don’t get caught up in feelings of inadequacy, there is no shame in needing to talk to someone or get professional help.  We know to the doctor for physical injuries and our mental health is just as important. There should be no shame involved in taking care of your mental health. If you’re not sure where to start or what kinds of counseling therapies are available here are a few examples.

Talk Therapy

Talk therapy is an important part of treatment for things like depression, mood swings, trauma, and certain disorders, including eating disorders.  It allows the person to express their emotions, without any negative ramifications and is a very common form of therapy given by psychologists. 

Grief and loss counseling

This kind of counseling aims to help people deal with their natural responses to grief and loss.  Whether those responses are physical, such as the inability to cry, or emotional, spiritual or mental.  These professional counselors can help the individual work through their loss and find ways to cope. 

Stress Management and Reduction

For those who often find themselves overly stressed, this is a kind of therapy that is designed to help patients improve their everyday life and manage those stressors.  This might mean teaching ways to cope with stress at work or at home and is designed to improve a person’s overall way of living.

 

Depression Support and Motivation

For those that are struggling with depression, there are specific ways that psychologists can help to relieve some of those symptoms and feelings. They can even prescribe activities to do and habits to create that can help alieve depressive symptoms.

Self-care and wellness Strategies

Even if you don’t have any serious mental health problems or any trauma you can still benefit from learning self-care and wellness.  Having a visit with a counselor that can sit with you and tell you a few ways to help take better care of your mental health will greatly benefit you in the long run.

Family strains such as divorce and care-giving

This can be an especially important one to get counseling for especially for children involved in a divorce. There is a lot of trauma that can come with separating families not just on the part of those getting divorced but those whose lives change as a result.  Having some form of counseling can greatly help family members acclimate to the changes.

There’s strength in numbers.

Only you truly know what you are going through. Fortunately, the importance of counseling has become more normalized, with a “Therapy Generation” emerging among millennials who are more open about counseling with each other and the world.

According to Karen Whitehead, a therapist that specializes in counseling in Alpharetta, GA, counseling can help you learn to recognize and shift unhelpful thinking and develop healthy and positive approaches to move forward with your goals and desires. A professional counselor in your region will understand the local color, social mores and societal expectations to address your predicaments from an informed angle.

A Stronger You For the Long Haul…

It may work in the short-term to appear strong with all the answers. You might even feel good when you become popular because others can rely on you to take care of them. But over time, this “Fake it until you make it” approach wears down and can balloon to conditions like:

  • Exhaustion
  • Panic attacks
  • Insomnia or too much sleep
  • Overeating or loss of appetite

If you are burnt out and must reset, counseling can motivate you to optimism and new energy. The encouragement to give yourself what you need is the most important strength a counselor can support you on.  

Counseling provides a neutral, objective partner to unpack struggles and solutions in work, relationships, and family situations. Regular visits and even phone meetings are good starts to fortify your efforts to stay strong for yourself first, then other people. Remember that your mental health should come first.

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Samantha Higgins

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