How Do I Know If I Need Counseling?
People with a wide range of problems and concerns may benefit from counseling. Feeling depressed or anxious, being indecisive, having fears of failure, dealing with identity questions - these are some common reasons why people come to see a counselor. Clients also come with issues concerning relationships with friends, marital and dating partners, and family. Some people call on counselors for help navigating developmental stages, such as starting a job, getting married, or having a child. Some seek counseling in a state of crisis, when they feel overwhelmed and unable to cope.
There may be many other issues, unique to the individual, for which a person might seek counseling. If you are troubled by something and want to talk about it, no problem is "too small" to deserve care and attention. Some clients come for a few sessions with a Counselor, others come for longer periods of time. This decision is made by the client and counselor together, depending on the needs of the client. The Family Workshop does both short-term and long-term counseling.
In general, it's a good idea to consider seeing a counselor if your difficulties persist for an extended period of time, and/or if you experience symptoms that interfere with your daily activities.
Some of the issues for which counseling may be helpful:
Work or School related conflict:
Dealing with a crisis
Helping a friend or family member
Anxiety and stress
Social and relationship problems
Grief and loss
Issues with family (conflict, substance abuse, individuation, divorce, etc.)
Problematic eating patterns
Personal growth and self esteem
A history of physical, sexual or emotional abuse
Gay, lesbian, bisexual, or transgender concerns
Cultural diversity and oppression
Alcohol or drug misuse/abuse
If you have additional questions about counseling, or are still not sure if it is right for you, feel free to contact our office. We would be happy to consult with you about your situation and to answer any questions you may have.
Crisis - Call 911
A Psychological Crisis or event exists when an individual is threatening harm to himself/herself or to others, or is out of touch with reality due to severe drug reactions or a psychotic break. A psychotic break may be manifested by hallucinations, uncontrollable behavior, or the person could be a hospital walk-away.
If a psychological crisis occurs:
- NEVER try to handle a situation you feel is dangerous on your own.
- Notify the Emergency services - CALL 911
- CLEARLY state that you need immediate assistance. Give your name, location and the area involved.
Helping a Friend or Family Member
Our lives involve opportunity, excitement, and stress. While experiencing everyday ups and downs is a part of life, some people encounter difficulties that interfere with their functioning. You may have noticed a friend or family member dealing with problems and wondered "What can I do to help?"
One of the best ways you can provide support for your friend or family member is simply by being willing to listen in an open and non-judgmental way. You can also help by spending time with your friend. Seeing a movie together, meeting for lunch - whatever activities you and your friend typically enjoy can provide an emotional boost during times of difficulty.
It is also important to recognize the limits of what help you can provide. In some cases, a friend may be experiencing distress that calls for professional help. Some of these signs of distress include:
- Persistently depressed, irritable, or anxious mood
- Changes in behavior - e.g. becoming more quiet or withdrawn
- Changes in appetite, and/or weight changes
- Changes in sleeping patterns
- Changes in work or school - e.g. low motivation, performance, interest
- Loss of interest in previously enjoyed activities
- Mention of suicidal ideation