We use the terms of counseling and therapy interchangeably. Counseling involves a collaborative process where you work with a trained professional who will support you in resolving personal conflicts and emotional difficulties. There are several different types of therapy but all have the goal of supporting you in making the changes you desire in your life.
Your therapist will begin the process by completing an intake. The intake often takes the first two to three sessions and involves exploring:
- Your current concerns and symptoms
- Your family of origin and childhood
- Your relationships
- Current family dynamics
- Past treatment
- And more…
The intake process allows your therapist to have a deepened understanding of your past experiences, how they shape your current reality and allows your therapist to provide you with insight into your current thoughts, behaviors and problems.
Following the intake sessions your therapist will guide you through the process of change through deepened self-learning. Change usually involves a combination of developing healthier ways of thinking, learning new coping skills and changing behavior.
The ultimate goal of counseling is to enhance your sense of well-being and happiness, however the specific goals for how to reach this vary with each person. Counseling is designed to empower and support you through the process of change towards your goals.