Individual counseling is beneficial to engage one-on-one to explore current problems regarding school, family, friends, work or self with someone whom is unbias or judgemental. Here you are allowed to process thoughts and feelings, learn new ways of problem solving, communicating, coping, increasing social skills, and exploring identity or self-esteem issues. For children under 18, parent participation is encouraged for the first 5 minutes to identify presenting problems.
What to Expect
Starting counseling can be stressful because we may not know what to expect, but it is important to embrace with an open mind. There is a lot of stigma that may make you feel like you don't need emotional support, but you don't have to be severely mentally ill to get help. Talking to a professional can help you get through difficult situations in life and you're stronger if you can do that. Sometimes it's easier to talk to a stranger than to relatives or friends. Your therapist will listen to you and help you find your own answers to problems, without judging you. They will give you time to talk, cry, shout or just think. It's an opportunity to look at your problems in a different way with someone who will respect you and your opinions.