Benefits & Risks of Counseling

changeBenefits:  Participation in counseling can result in a number of benefits to you including:

  • improved relationships
  • less anxiety
  • decreased stress
  • trauma resolution
  • improved mood
  • increased self-confidence.

Working toward these benefits requires effort on your part and requires your active involvement, honesty, and openness in order to change.  Sometimes more than one approach can be helpful in dealing with a certain situation.  If another professional (medical or mental health) is currently working with you, we may request a release of information from you so that we can communicate freely with that person about your care.

During the course of therapy, we will utilize various approaches in order to provide treatment.  Therapeutic approaches may include but are not limited to techniques being:

  • client-focused
  • supportive
  • cognitive-behavioral
  • psychodynamic
  • spiritual
  • psycho-educational.

Risks:  During evaluation or therapy, talking about unpleasant events, feelings or thoughts can result in you experiencing an initial increase in feelings of anger, sadness, worry, or fear.  We may challenge some of your perceptions and propose different ways of thinking about situations that initially may feel upsetting.  Attempting to resolve issues that brought you to therapy in the first place, such as with relationships, may result in changes that were not originally intended.  Participating in therapy may result in decisions about changing behaviors, employment, substance use, schooling, housing, or relationships.  Sometimes a decision that is positive for one family member can be viewed negatively by another family member.  Change will sometimes happen quickly, but more often it will take time and patience on your part.  There is no guarantee that counseling will yield positive or intended results.