Counseling is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client to promote growth and healing. Professional counselors help clients: 1) Identify goals to reduce distress and improve well-being. 2) Identify and practice strategies to achieve those goals. 3) Monitor progress being made and adjust the approach as necessary. Individual counseling can improve communication and coping skills, strengthen self-esteem and self-compassion, and help the client engage more authentically with others. Individual counseling may also address relationship issues at times, but when doing so, it is from the standpoint of how the relationship concerns affect the individual and how the individual can make changes to improve the relationship.
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) is one form of counseling we offer and is based on a model that our thoughts drive our emotional states, which drive our behavior. As unhelpful thinking patterns are recognized and modified, distress is alleviated, and healing and growth are promoted.