Personal counseling provides individuals a safe environment to deal with life experiences that cause a disruption in everyday living. Through the process of self-discovery, the person will develop insight, which increases self-awareness to gain a better understanding of their emotions which influences their behavior and thinking. The person’s commitment to counseling will significantly impact the potential benefits of the therapeutic process such as increased self-confidence, improved mental and emotional health, and healthier relationships. Personal Counseling can help you:
DEPRESSION – Depression has been experienced by most on a short-term basis such as everyday “blues” or sadness; however, when it lasts for at least two weeks or more and negatively impacts an individual’s ability to carry out daily activities and to have satisfying personal relationships, it often requires treatment. Depression can affect emotions, thoughts, behavior, and can also cause physical symptoms. The following are some symptoms of depression:
- Emotional: sadness, irritability, anger, guilt, helplessness, hopelessness, and mood swings.
- Thoughts: worry, self-criticism, poor concentration, indecisiveness and confusion, and thoughts of death and suicide.
- Behavior: withdrawal from others, loss of interest in activities and personal appearance, crying spells, loss of motivation, and the use of drugs and alcohol.
- Physical: lack of energy, sleeping too little or too much, loss of appetite, constipation, loss of sexual desire, and unexplained aches and pains.
ANXIETY – Most people also have experienced anxiety because it helps individuals to avoid dangerous situations and can be a source of motivation to complete tasks. When the intensity of anxiety increase and is long lasting, it can begin to impact a person’s work, activities, and relationships negatively. Anxiety is often associated with depression and substance use disorders. People experience anxiety in a variety of ways such as physical, psychological, and behavioral symptoms. The following are some symptoms of anxiety:
- Physical: pounding heart, chest pain, hyperventilation, shortness of breath, dizziness, headache, sweating, choking, dry mouth, nausea, diarrhea, muscle aches and pains, and the inability to relax.
- Psychological: unrealistic/excessive fear and worry, impatience, anger, confusion, feeling “on edge”, tiredness, vivid dreams, and mind going blank or racing.
- Behavioral: distress in social situations, avoids situations, obsessive or compulsive behavior, and phobic behavior.
SUBSTANCE USE DISORDER – People use alcohol and other drugs because of their effects on the pleasure center of the brain resulting in heightened feelings of pleasure or decreased feelings of distress. However, the use of alcohol and/or drugs does not mean that an individual has a substance use disorder. A substance use disorder consists of abuse of alcohol or drugs which lead to problems at work, school, home, with one’s health, and legal issues. The abuse of the substance continues even though the individual is aware of its effects. The following are problems associated with substance use disorders:
- More likely to engage in in risky behavior.
- Become aggressive and a higher risk of committing crimes.
- Prone to suicide or self-injury.
- Social problems such as family conflict, unemployment, dropping out of school, and social isolation.
- Long-term, heavy use can lead to problems such as liver disease, brain damage, heart impairment, ulcers and gastrointestinal issues, and weight gain.
ANGER MANAGEMENT – Anger is a natural response to a situation in which one feels threatened or believe that someone close is being harmed or mistreated. A person can also experience anger through the frustration of unmet needs, hopes, and dreams. Anger becomes an issue through intensely felt emotions, which leads to physical harm or violence towards others and objects or emotional harm to others. Improperly managed anger can result in damaging circumstances such as physical injuries, loss of loved ones and friends, loss of employment, difficulties with school, guilt, shame, regret, and incarceration.
GRIEF AND LOSS – Life can have some unplanned twists and turns, which sometimes result in a loss that can deeply threaten to bury one’s faith and hope. Grief and loss can take on different forms of life’s hardships such as sudden illness, divorce, betrayal, loss of a dream, and abuse. An individual may even question, “Why is this happening to me?” Part of grieving is allowing oneself to process the thoughts and feelings associated with the loss and working through the heartache to learn new ways to embrace life. Prolonged untreated grief can lead to issues such as depression, anxiety, weakness, fatigue, worry, guilt, anger, isolation, loss of appetite, difficulty sleeping, and thoughts of death and suicide.