From childhood through adulthood and even into our senior years, there are certain we may need help addressing problems and issues that cause emotional distress, anxiety or make us feel overwhelmed. Let’s face it – life is hard and there are times when it just seems like too much to handle. These feelings don’t always stem from a tragic event, like the death of a loved one, financial crisis or divorce. Everyday demands can pile up and leave even the most organized person wondering how to handle it all.
If you are experiencing these types of feelings, you may benefit from the assistance of an experienced, trained counselors who can offer the caring, expert assistance we need during stressful times. It isn’t that counselors don’t get stressed or are above family or parenting issues, but they have been trained to listen and help you identify the issue at hand and assist you in finding effective ways to cope. This may mean changing behaviors that contribute to the problem or finding constructive outlets to manage a situation beyond your personal control.
Advent Counseling Solutions counselors offer help addressing many situations that cause emotional stress, including:
- anxiety, depression, and other mental and emotional problems and disorders
- family and relationship issues including parenting or taking care of older parents
- substance abuse
- career change and job stress
- social and emotional difficulties related to disability and illness
- grief associated with the death of a loved one
- sexual abuse and domestic violence
- eating disorders
How Do I Know If I Should Seek Counseling?
“Good indicators of when you should seek counseling are when you’re having difficulties at work, your ability to concentrate is diminished or when your level of pain becomes uncomfortable” says Dr. Gail Robinson, past president of the American Counseling Association. “However, you don’t want to wait until the pain becomes unbearable or you’re at the end of your rope.”
Robinson points out you don’t have to be “sick” to benefit from counseling. “Counseling is more than a treatment of mental illness,” she says. “Some difficult issues we face in life are part of normal development. Sometimes it’s helpful to see what you’re going through is quite normal.”
“If someone is questioning if they should go into counseling that is probably the best indicator that they should.” saysDr. William King, a mental health counselor in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana. “You should trust your instincts.”
“If you’re not playing some, working some, and learning some, then you’re out of balance. There’s a potential for some problems.” Breasure says.
If any of these statements speak to you then it might be time to talk to someone. Seeking counseling is nothing to be embarrassed about. Recognizing there is an issue and wanting to solve it takes courage and can ultimately help you lead a better life.
Contact us for more information about our counseling services in Midlothian, VA or to ask a question.