BENEFITS OF COUNSELING
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COUNSELING?
Help to manage psychiatric diagnoses
Improved stress management
Learning, awareness, and insight
Processing thoughts and emotions
Constructive emotional expression
Decreased relationship conflicts
Enhanced relationships and emotional connection
Forgiveness and reconciliation
Improved physical health
Personal and spiritual growth
GETTING THE BEST RESULTS FROM COUNSELING
To get the best outcome from counseling, it is important to establish an honest, open, and emotionally safe relationship with your counselor. Your ability to openly share thoughts and feelings will directly affect the counseling process. Counseling requires not only a time commitment, but a mental and emotional commitment to work toward growth and face one’s problems. The counseling process may feel stressful or overwhelming at times; symptoms may get worse before they get better; relationships may become strained temporarily; and one’s sense of “normalcy” and everyday functioning may be briefly affected. It is important to tell your counselor about any concerns, progress, the treatment plan, and satisfaction with the process. If you feel that you are not benefiting from counseling or there is not a good “fit” between you and your counselor, discuss your feelings with the counselor. If the matter cannot be resolved, you can terminate counseling, request another CCM counselor, or receive a referral to an outside agency.