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Benefits of Counseling

Whether you are considering counseling for yourself, a family member, or a friend, it will be important for you to understand what counseling is as well as its benefits before making an appointment. The following information is by no means all inclusive, but will serve as a brief introduction to the many benefits of therapy.

What is Counseling?

Counseling is a collaborative process between the client(s) and therapist that facilitates the development of insight, self-discovery, and practical tools to deal with difficult life situations. Whether your interest in therapy is voluntary or required, you and your therapist will work toward mutual goals to increase emotional, mental, spiritual, and/or relational well-being. Counseling is also appropriate for those simply wanting to increase their quality of life.

What are the Benefits of Counseling?

Making a decision to go to counseling takes a lot of strength and courage. If you are willing to be an active participant in the therapy process, attend sessions on time, and are open and honest with your therapist, you are likely to encounter many of the reported benefits of therapy:

  • Feel better about yourself

  • Feel more secure and at peace

  • Reduce stress and anxiety

  • Cope with change better

  • Feel more connected to your partner and family

  • Work through problems with a skilled caring professional

  • Identify goals and strategies to get there

  • Learn new behaviors and responses

  • Learn more about yourself

  • Find purpose and meaning in life

  • Get a better perspective and see situations differently

  • Understand people better and feel more understood

  • Work towards greater life satisfaction

  • Increase motivation and productivity

  • Identify and live more congruently with your values

  • Learn how to better live your faith

  • Improve relationships

  • Be a better parent, partner, and/or friend

  • Discuss troubling personal issues and work towards a solution

  • And much, much, more

If you still have questions about the benefits of counseling, how it can specifically help you, or would like to schedule a first session, please call me at (714) 869-0077

Marriage and Family Therapist (MFT) treat individuals, couples and families. The unique feature you will find during treatment with an MFT is the therapist will focus on understanding your symptoms and diagnoses within interactions and relationships. The existing environment and context is given careful examination paying particular attention to the family system – as defined by you. MFTs treat predominantly individuals but always from the perspective that “relationships matter.” 

Research has shown that family-based interventions are as effective—and in many cases more effective—than alternative interventions, often at a lower cost. Studies suggest that family therapy is a preferred method of treatment for depression, substance abuse, alcoholism, relational discord problems, and child/adolescent challenges including suicide and high risk behavior. Family therapy outcomes for severe mental illness include improved well-being, fewer medical illnesses, decreased medical care utilization, and increased self-efficacy.

Family-based interventions are also effective for persons with medical problems. Treatment outcomes show improvement in the identified patient, as well as in other family members. Family therapy is particularly effective with families who are providing care to elders and to a child with a chronic illness (e.g., asthma, diabetes, cystic fibrosis, cancer). 

As a Pastor of a Christian Church, I my practice features a NON-Judgmental approach that promotes diversity and inclusiveness.

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