How can counseling help me?

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People seek counseling for a range of problems such as depression, despair, anxiety, failing marriages, faltering careers,additions, loss and grief. Counseling includes a wide range of talk therapies that help increase self-awareness, and personal growth.   There are many techniques that a counselor uses to bring about change, however the most important condition for change occurs in the counselor client relationship.

Counselors maintain confidentiality, conversation free from judgment, acceptance, and empathy for the client’s unique experience.  As trust develops in the counseling relationship, clients are able to share their experience with honesty in ways that is not ordinarily possible with personal friendships and loved ones.  The counselor helps the client develop self understanding which is central to letting go of pain, grievances, anxiety and their behavioral consequences.


Recommended Reading

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All help is Self-Help.

An important goal of counseling is to get to the point where you can help
yourself through what you have learned. Therefore, in addition to therapy, We highly recommend the following books:

 

On Depression:

The Middle Passage: From Misery to Meaning in Midlife (Studies in Jungian Psychology By Jungian Analysts)
James Hollis
Healing Through the Dark Emotions: The Wisdom of Grief, Fear, and Despair
Miriam Greenspan
Potatoes Not Prozac, A Natural Seven-Step Dietary Plan to Stabilize the Level of Sugar in Your Blood, Control Your Cravings and Lose Weight, and Recognize How Foods Affect the Way You Feel
Kathleen DesMaisons

 

On Bipolar:

Why Am I Still Depressed? Recognizing and Managing the Ups and Downs of Bipolar II and Soft Bipolar Disorder
Jim Phelps
Changing Course: Healing from Loss, Abandonment and Fear
Claudia Black

 


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