April: Counseling Awareness Month

How can counseling work in your life?
Source: www.counseling.org

Counseling Awareness Month is an annual observance
that is celebrated in April to educate the public about
the role of counselors in helping individuals to live healthier, happier,
and more productive lives. It is sponsored by the A
merican Counseling Association (ACA). The theme for this ye
ar’s observance is “Celebrating 50 Years of Excellence.”

What is counseling?

Counseling is a collaborativ effort between a
counselor and a client. According to the ACA,
“Professional counselors help clients identify
goals and potential solutionsto problems
which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve
communication and coping skill strengthen self-esteem; and
promote behavior change and optimal mental health.”

Why is counseling so important?

Every day, some form of counseling makes a differen
ce in the lives of individuals around the world. Counseli
ng can be beneficial in many instances. For example, counseli
ng can help when a person is making a life-changing decisi
on and needs assistance with putting things in perspective, or when a person needs help with improving
or developing life skills.In addition to mental health counseling, other type
s of counseling include pastoral or spiritual counseling, marriage
counseling, job and business counseling, education
counseling, and genetic counseling.

Benefits of counseling:

The main benefit of counseling is that it helps you
to have a life which you can more fully enjoy and appreciate.
It can help you to become the sort of person you want to be.
It can also help you to more deeply enjoy your important rela-
tionships.You might use therapy to:feel better about yourself
•feel more at peace, more comfortable, or more secure in
the world; feel more successfully (and more joyfully) connected with
others (including your spouse/partner) reduce stress (which pro-
motes physical health too. Work through problems with
a skilled, and compassionate professional identify your goals
•(those which can support the kind of life you would like to have
•learn new behaviors and/or responses which can help you to
achieve your goals establish ways and techniques for reaching your goals.
•Understand your own thoughts, feelings, and responses better.
•Understand your loved ones better have a safe and friendly ear; someone to use as a
sounding board
•Speak with a skilled and interested professional about your fears and perceptions.
Talk with a compassionate professional about troubl ing
or private concerns work towards greater self-fulfillment and self-mast

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