Seeing a counselor can be an amazing step toward wellness. People pursue counseling and therapy for a variety of reasons, most commonly for struggles with life challenges we all face.
Many people seek counseling because they have identified specific goals or issues that they wish to work on. Others may be encouraged by family, friends, or medical professionals to seek help, and in some cases, a person may be mandated to attend therapy as part of a court ruling or military profile. Whatever the impetus, it takes courage to attend therapy, and it takes dedication to see it through. Together, the client and the therapist will determine the goals of therapy, and an effective plan for reaching them. In many cases, the therapist and client will explore much more than just the client's presenting problem—the issue that first brought the person to therapy. The help of a caring therapist can promote self-actualization, empower self-growth, improve relationships, and reduce emotional suffering.