What is counseling?

What is counseling?

Counseling is a form of individual psychosocial assistance. The counselor supports and guides you during upsetting, painful, and difficult situations in your life, situations that may cause symptoms of fatigue and weariness, apathy, headache, anxiety, depression, and stress.

Algemene Beroepsvereniging van Counseling (ABvC)

Is it difficult for you to live your life?

Counseling is a process that focuses on enhancing the psychological well-being of a client. A counselor facilitates your personal growth, development, and self understanding, and helps you to adopt constructive life practices.
A counselor offers a different perspective to your problems. Sharing your thoughts and feelings with someone not personally involved in your life can be very helpful.

Myths about counseling

Going to counseling is a sign of weakness
It takes great courage to talk about personal problems and examine painful feelings. Counseling is  the first step to resolving your difficulties.

Counseling is for crazy people
Counseling is for people who possess the self-awareness to realize that they need help to become emotionally balanced.

Counseling is self-indulgent
Participating in counseling is hard work. Improvement in therapy comes through intense self-reflection. A counselor will help you, but ultimately you do all the difficult emotional work.

Real life romance is fueled by a far more humdrum approach to staying connected. It is kept alive each time you let your spouse know he or she is valued during the grind of everyday life.

— John Gottman

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