People often turn to a therapist when they have trouble dealing with life’s challenges, whether it be emotional or relationship problems. Our, To the Root Clients, often began therapy when they feel stuck, when trauma from the past stands in the way of a peaceful balanced life, and/or stress, anxiety, or depression has become overwhelming. Counseling isn’t a new concept. In fact, Counseling is an old concept dating back to our earliest civilizations.
“In traditional African societies, counsel was given in various forms, the most common of which were giving advice and sharing wisdom. … The wisdom provided by elderly men and women was part of the counseling function of the family or society for boys and girls”. OER Africa
Just as in times gone by counseling still stands as an interactive relationship that serves to help the individual learn, change/adjust, and grow. In doing so, this change grow process can have a positive impact on the person’s life, their family life, and the community in which he or she lives.
Counseling Looks Like….
Imagine a safe space free of judgment, full of empathy, and total attention to your needs and your concerns. Life is too often too busy causing us to manage the many things we feel we must do just to stay afloat and oftentimes neglect our own selves. It is all too easy to become overwhelmed with the managing of life that we the living do not get to experience life itself to the fullest. Counseling looks like this:
- Exploring and discovering those parts of ourselves that are overlooked
- Relief from trauma, those painful memories of the past, that keep us stuck
- Managing those bouts of anxiety, stress, or depression
- Removing the barriers that keep us from living productive, healthy, and balanced lives.
Counseling/Therapy can help people overcome obstacles to their well-being. It can increase positive feelings, such as compassion and self-esteem. People in therapy can learn skills for handling difficult situations, making healthy decisions, and reaching goals.
You may want to seek therapy for the following reasons:
– Investing in yourself and your future
– Personal growth and healing
– Desire to increase low self esteem
– Desire to address worthiness
– Healing from your past
– Reaching your full potential
– Feeling overwhelmed
– Noticing some interpersonal conflicts
– Getting in your own way
– Wanting to define your life and values for yourself away from others’ expectations