How will I know if I need to see a counselor?

Making the decision to see a counselor can be a difficult decision to make, especially if you have never seen a counselor before and aren't sure what to expect.  Counselors are able to help with a variety of problems ranging from a difficulty adjusting or coping with a new life change to depression.  Here are some reasons why you may want to attend counseling:
 
  • You feel stuck in your life and want to make some changes but can't do it on your own.
  • There is an important relationship in your life that has just ended or begun and you need help navigating the loss or addition.
  • You are having difficulty in a very important relationship in your life.
  • You are having emotions or thoughts that are not normal for you or that are hard to control.
  • You are participating in activities (i.e. pornography, extramarital affairs) that are hurting you or an important relationship and need help to stop.
  • Your family has grown through (birth, adoption, or beginning to take care of an elderly parent for example) and you and your family need help with the change.
  • The sexual intimacy between you and your spouse has changed and you are concerned about the change.

By no means does this short list name all the reasons you may want to seek counseling but these are some common feelings that cause someone to begin thinking about seeing a counselor.  In the end, you may simply want to see a counselor because you are feeling a little 'off' or need to talk to someone about how you are feeling and so the most important reason to seek a counselor is because you determine that you need help.

If you still aren't sure if you need counseling, please feel free to visit our Contact Us page and we would love to answer any questions you might have about attending counseling.

Here's to health,
The Abundant Life Counselors
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