Facing Life Squarely With The Help Of Personal Counseling

By Sarah Fader |Updated March 31, 2022
CheckedMedically Reviewed By Deborah Horton , LCPC

Many professionals these days have "career coaches" or "life coaches" to help them see clearly where they are along a given path, what their options and challenges are and generally to keep a good perspective on their professional life. While many find this to be of great personal benefit, is your mental health really less important than your career development? Even if you do not suffer from health conditions such as anxiety or depression, personal counseling may just give you the edge when you have to deal with everyday problems.

Even the healthiest individual still have challenges emotionally. Life can be unpredictable and can throw us blows that are unexpected and difficult to handle on our own. Seeking the help of a professional counselor doesn't mean you a crazy or weak, it means that you are proactive and working smarting instead of trying to handle all of the life challenges on your own. We all need support in every area in our lives, that includes our mental health as well. In order to find success professionally and in other areas in our lives, it is important that we are intentional about maintaining and caring for our health as well.

The Role of Personal Counseling in Daily Life

Absolutely everybody suffers a personal setback once in a while, from not getting what you expected to struggle with relationships to the little daily frustrations that occasionally combine to present a seemingly insurmountable obstacle. All of these are external factors that you probably can't control as well as you'd like, but your emotional and mental reaction to them is something internal. Especially with professional help, you can take the reins of your mind and heart and see such events that much more clearly, enabling you to both be happier and respond better when you are faced with a disappointment or challenge.

Everyone needs a coping mechanism. Some have a few drinks after work, others hit the gym or the tennis court, while still others find comfort in their family. Getting regular personal counseling is just another way of obtaining the same or better results. Periodically talking with someone experienced in helping people with far greater difficulties than yours through their problems can have significant benefits, from becoming a more whole person through personal growth to avoiding the effects of a dilemma in one sphere of your life from spilling over onto other areas.

Where to Find Personal Counseling

One problem with the mental health industry is that they tend to keep banker's hours. It is simply not possible for most people to take an hour off work whenever they feel like it to go see a therapist. It can also be challenging for some to find a therapist that is a good fit if your options are limited due to finances, insurance, or your location. Many people want to have the support of a therapist but don't think that they can afford it or have not been able to find a therapist that is a good fit in their area. Some just simply may not know where to look and don't have the time to dedicate to a serious search for a good therapist.

Fortunately, as with career coaching, there are now more convenient options available. Online services can place you in touch with regularly qualified psychologists and mental health counselors, whenever and wherever you can use a phone or the internet, and without having to charge outrageous rates for this service. Personal counseling in this form generally takes place by text chat or messaging, or you may schedule a Skype appointment if you prefer. Online counseling works around your busy schedule as opposed to you trying to work around a therapist's limited business hours. Now you can access therapy in the convivence of your own home, or wherever else you may be.

There are significant advantages to talking to a mental health professional rather than some guy in a suit. Firstly, while someone might have a great deal of life and work experience, this does not mean that he is capable of providing good advice about your inner life, too. This requires training, and the typical mental health professional requires at least a masters degree and several years of practical experience before he can obtain a license to practice. Talking to a licensed therapist will ensure that privacy is upheld, you won't have to worry that the things you disclose will end up around town or around the office. Therapy allows you to talk more freely about the issues you are facing without having any concern about keeping up an image or wondering how people may view you if they knew certain things about you. Therapy is a great way to get a non-judgmental honest point of view. Because therapy generally fosters an environment with more privacy and care it can help you to feel more comfortable speaking candidly and honestly. The more honest and open you are able to be, the better support you will be able to receive from a counselor.

Secondly, personal counseling will not always be about you, but also serve as an aid to understanding others better, whether this means improving your relationship with your spouse or learning how to deal effectively with difficult people. Learning skills om how to manage conflict and relationships with others can be a skill that can help you profoundly both personally and professionally. Working with a therapist can help you learn how to most effectively navigate through relationships and how to problem solve with others. Therapy can also help you to cope with disappointments, losses, and other challenges that you may face in your personal relationships. If you have a child, spouse, friend, or another loved one who is facing challenges, talking to a therapist can also help you navigate through these issues and best support your loved one.

Lastly, for the majority of people, at some point in their lives, reacting to the normal irritations of life will eventually lead to some condition that can be classified as a mental health issue, such as anxiety or insomnia. If you already have an existing relationship with a therapist, understanding and treating the problem will just be that much simpler. We all face emotional challenges in our lives. Some of those challenges we will be able to quickly overcome independently or with the help of family and friends. With other challenges, there are times that we need support from others. A licensed therapist can give you insights and recognize potential issues before the average person may. When you have already had an established a relationship with a therapist it can bring comfort and direction to a difficult time.

There are countless benefits that having the support of a licensed counselor in your life can have. Although there have been stigmas attached to therapy, times are changing. Professionals and other individuals are now seeing the benefits of having an ongoing therapist in their corner. Fortunately, not only have stigmas attached to therapy have decreased but access to counseling has also increased. BetterHelp is an online counseling platform that provides affordable counseling. Because BetterHelp is an online source for counseling, it offers convenience for busy professionals that traditional face to face counseling does not provide. If you think adding a therapist to your success strategy would be a good fit for you, try finding a licensed counselor through BetterHelp.

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