Brooke Miller, MSW, LCSW, CPC Answers
The benefits of counseling with someone you feel safe and comfortable with can be truly life-changing. In addition to the benefit of verbally unloading and processing whatever is on your mind, it is one relationship that is focused entirely on you -- your challenges, your strengths, your fears, your curiosities, your goals and anything else that shows up in session. Talking with a counselor/therapist is different than talking to a trusted friend or loved one because your counselor knows how to listen for patterns and help you sort through emotionally charged situations you can't see clearly because you are too close. In addition to receiving an objective viewpoint and learning new skills, counseling can bring relief through normalizing problems that we feel alone with, when in Truth are often very common.