Counseling is a partnership that includes a client’s active involvement as well as efforts to change thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. My philosophy centers on my belief that people have the potential to become aware of problems and the means to resolve them. I believe in my client’s ability to become self-aware and self-directed and enter a counseling relationship with optimism and an eagerness to work with the individual.
As with any powerful intervention, there are both benefits and risks involved with counseling. Risks might include experiencing uncomfortable levels of feelings such as sadness, anger, frustration, guilt, anxiety, or having difficulties with other people in order to experience the benefits of emotional healing. For example, counseling will not necessarily keep a relationship together or stop an addiction. Counseling can, however, increase self-awareness, help you have better boundaries with others by being able to see when you end and they begin, improve communication skills, increase your “felt sense” of what is healthy for you and what is not, and increase your sense of inner peace and well-being.