Counseling Process Works
and self-awareness combined with behavioral change or, "doing things
differently than before," is what behavioral health counseling is
about. Counseling helps people increase self-understanding, expand
self-awareness, develop the ability to communicate with clarity and
then do things differently.
I have done much work with adults navigating
difficulties, families and teenagers in trouble, issues related to
personal identity and family communications, employment, military life,
well as other areas of concern. While counseling is often about
learning successful emotional regulation, a variety of terms are used
to identify specific situations, such as depression, anxiety, panic,
post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and many other terms. Good
counseling is learning to navigate through these many areas of human
helps a person . . .
problem solving skills.
crisis management skills.
how emotions and thoughts influence our lives.
to manage emotions.
about emotional risk in a safe setting.
that communication is more than just words.
to work successfully with others.
and understand empathy: what others think and feel.
to make decisions and to accept the consequences.
length of time an individual might spend in counseling differs. For
example, facing a specific difficulty may take a few sessions while
wanting to understand or change a long-term behavior pattern will take
longer. The decision making process, however, generally follows a path
involving the following steps: