Potential Outcomes as a Result of Individual Counseling
Carlos Durana Ph.D., M.Ac. offers counseling and therapy in Reston, Virginia, Washington, DC, and Bethesda, Maryland.
There are numerous reasons individuals, couples, and families elect to seek out professional counseling. In years past, people believed you had to be in dire straits to justify asking for professional help. Thankfully, this mentality is evolving. Many people seek out support and assistance with situations in their lives that may be hard to face by themselves, and turn to individual counseling proactively to guide them through transitions and major life decisions.
Individual Becomes More Self-Aware
Effective therapy offers hope that something can be done to improve an individual’s state, and strengthens pathways for exploring and examining problems in one’s life. Through the process of counseling, individuals are able to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and who they are. This, in turn, promotes greater self-acceptance and appreciation for their own unique abilities and strengths. Once an individual has gained a deeper appreciation for themselves, they are then encouraged to continue to further develop their strengths and making necessary changes. In daily life, individuals change by clarifying problems, trying various solutions, and receiving feedback from their surroundings; out of this come new viewpoints and observations, which lead to new answers and explorations.
Establish Own Set of Values and Beliefs
Many people believe their set of values and beliefs are permanent, set in stone and unchanging. Some of these beliefs come from opinions heard from parents, culture, or community. They may not be the way one actually feels inside; they may be unconscious, controlling the life of an individual unknowingly. But when these beliefs and values are challenged, counseling can help individuals be open to changes. When individuals are open, they become more flexible and adaptable. This allows individuals to have a more open mind, and be more receptive to changing the way they think, feel, and behave.
Aware of Those Around Them
In addition to becoming more self-aware, individuals will also be more aware of those around them. Counseling can help individuals gain a better understanding of why people do what they do, what motivates them, and what is most important to them. With this type of understanding, individuals will have increased sensitivity and understanding that can help them to build and maintain stronger, deeper relationships throughout their life.
Empowered to Set Goals and Accomplish Them
When working with a counselor, individuals learn how to better handle difficult circumstances, how to make sound decisions, and how to reach and achieve goals. They are able to gain clarity about their life and ultimately learn to develop strategies and ideas that can help them achieve the goals they set for the future. If individuals aren’t sure of the goals they want to set, a counselor can help individuals understand what’s most important to them and then help them set achievable goals.
Physical Health Benefits
Many individuals who have gone through individual counseling claim that following counseling sessions, they feel as though a weight has been lifted off them. They feel significantly lighter, with dramatically reduced stress levels. When individuals feel this way, they feel like they can accomplish their goals set in counseling.
Opportunity to Make Amends for Past Wrongs
Counseling enables individuals to have the courage to make amends for past wrongs that they may have committed. Coincidentally, individuals are also better able to forgive others for wrongs that may have been committed against them. This action promotes goodwill and allows individuals to build healthier and stronger relationships.