How does counseling work?
We, at GROW, believe that in a perfect world, our close relationships would provide us the direction that we need to make important decisions, and to see personal growth and development. However, we live in an imperfect world. Most of us have probably felt relief after talking with a friend or family member about something that has been troubling us. Counseling works in a similar way – as we talk with someone who has an objective point of view, our perspective on the problem often begins to change. We become more resilient and develop better coping resources. A sense of strength emerges or returns. In circumstances that have previously felt empty and hopeless, we begin to find meaning and joy.
Prove It! (What are some statistics to show that counseling will work?)
- Nine out of ten Americans say psychotherapy helped them. (APA, How to Find Help Through Psychotherapy, 1998)
- Resilience involves behaviors, thoughts, and actions that can be learned by anyone. (APA, The Road to Resilience, 2002)
- Ninety-one percent of Americans are likely to consult or recommend that a family member consult with a mental health professional. (APA Survey 2004)
- Two thirds of Americans say they are likely to seek help for stress. (APA Survey 2004)
Counseling works because it offers us the opportunity to identify the factors that contribute to difficulties and learn tools to help deal effectively with the psychological, behavioral, interpersonal, and situational causes of those difficulties.
Some of the most common issues for which individuals seek counseling include:
|Stress Management||Identity Concerns|
|Eating Disorders||Sexuality Concerns|
|Body Image||Career Uncertainty|
|Relationship Issues||Chronic Illness|
|Situational Problems||Physical Complaints|
|Pet Loss||Sleep Concerns|
|Family Issues||Faith/Spirituality Issues|
|Developmental Disabilities||Intellectual Disabilities|