What is Counseling?

A preventive process that is cooperative and focused on self-improvement.

Counseling is a process that is intended to help people take more effective control of their daily lives. It is a process of sharing thoughts and feelings in confidence with someone who is objective and who is a good listener.

Counseling is cooperative. Counselors do not solve people’s problems, but rather they serve to enhance the efforts the person is already making-whether that be through discussing new approaches to solving a problem, giving needed information, helping to clarify thoughts and feelings, or just through listening. Counselors don’t tell you how to live your life.

Counseling is self-improvement. The reasons people come to counseling are as varied as the people involved. Some reasons include a desire to increase self-confidence, clarify values and priorities, cope with stress, overcome depression, improve relationships with friends and family, improve motivation, or become more assertive. In other words, counseling can be a way to improve oneself-a positive and healthy step toward greater self-awareness and change.

Counseling is preventive. The cognitive, emotional, and behavioral changes achieved through counseling can continually be applied to new life situations, safeguarding against the future development of serious problems and enhancing coping ability when problems arise.