In order to get the best outcome from counseling, it is important to establish an honest, open, and emotionally safe relationship with the counselor. The client’s 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 for a time; and one’s sense of “normalcy” and everyday functioning may be transiently affected. It is important to communicate with the counselor about any concerns, progress, the treatment plan, and satisfaction with the process. If at any time clients do not feel they are benefitting from the counseling, or that there is not a good “fit” between themselves and the counselor, they are strongly encouraged to discuss their feelings with the counselor. If the matter cannot be resolved, the client has the right to terminate counseling, or request another CCM counselor, or receive a referral to an outside agency for further treatment.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF COUNSELING?