Hey Huron Community– What is Counseling?
To several adults, the word “counseling” is intimidating. You may believe that asking for help, especially from a mental health professional, confirms the subconscious thought that asking for help is weak. The purpose of this article is to familiarize you with some of the unknowns of counseling. I hope to end the stigma associated with seeking counseling.
In my practice, individual counseling is focused on building an honest connection between two people–yourself and the counselor. The relationship creates a safe place to explore personal values, conflicts, and feelings. This type of reflective discussion brings awareness to thoughts and feelings, and helps create an understanding of where those thoughts and feelings came from. Sometimes this requires digging deep and exploring childhood memories, parenting styles, attachment patterns, traumatic events, and coping mechanisms. This allows the brain to understand and heal from life experiences. You are in control of the process and I, as your counselor, will not go places you are not ready to share. No two people are alike, and no two people are on the same journey.
Vulnerability is overwhelming at times–however you won’t be there alone. Counseling can help you discover answers to your own questions. It helps relieve any shame, pain, stress, guilt, depression, or anxiety you may be experiencing. Gaining a better understanding of yourself brings feelings of freedom and strength. As a counselor, I do not give advice or tell you what to do. As a counselor, I focus on connecting with you, reflecting back to you, and empowering you to move in the direction you want to go.
Connect. Reflect. Empower.