Counseling or Therapy can treat specific, diagnosable mental health conditions such as anxiety, depression, bipolar disorder, personality disorders. In addition it can treat everyday concerns such as relationship problems, stress management, career ambitions that may affect a person's mental well-being.
Individual Counseling also known as psychotherapy or talk therapy is a collaborative process between counselor and client that aims to facilitate change and improve the client's quality of life. Therapy can help people confront barriers that interfere with emotional and mental well-being. It can also increase positive feelings such as compassion, self- esteem, love, courage and inner peace. Many people find they enjoy the therapeutic journey of becoming more self-aware and they may pursue ongoing therapy as a means of self-growth and self actualization.
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Couples Counseling involves working with couples to help build and maintain positive, close relationships. Throughout the therapeutic process, the therapist attempts to help both partners see the relationship in a more objective manner. They learn to stop the "blame game" and instead look at what happens to them as a process involving each partner.
Effective couples therapists attempt to change the way that the partners actually behave with each other. If necessary, the therapist may recommend, for example, that one partner be referred to a domestic violence shelter, to specialized drug abuse treatment, or to anger management. It is also possible that if the risk is not sufficiently severe, the couple can benefit from "time-out" procedures to stop the escalation of conflict.
Couples who avoid expressing their private feelings put themselves at greater risk of becoming emotionally distant and hence grow apart. Effective couples therapists help their clients bring out the emotions and thoughts that they fear expressing to the other person.
Couples may, therefore, require "coaching" to learn how to speak to each other in more supportive and understanding ways. The therapist may also provide the couple with instruction to give them the basis for knowing what types of communication are effective and what types will only cause more conflict.
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