Counseling: Is It Right For You?

Do you need an objective listener? A sounding board for problems and challenges? You may benefit from speaking with a counselor.

To make an appointment, call our appointment line at 1-800-510-4704.

Why counseling?

Perhaps you have been thinking about having counseling for a while.  Some days you feel really low and feel like you need to speak to someone as soon as possible.  Then the next day you feel OK and the thought of ringing a counselor goes away.  But the issues that made you feel low are still there and you inevitably feel worse again in a few days.

People often ask, “Do you think I need counseling?”  There is no universal answer. If someone tells you “you need counseling” it may make you feel that your problems must be really bad. The decision to see a private counselor is always a matter of personal choice rather.

A more helpful question may be, “might you benefit from trying counseling?” Many people, whatever their situation, have found counseling extremely helpful.  It tends to be more useful, more effective and more successful if you have chosen to come because it feels like the right thing for you, rather than someone else telling you to go because you need counseling.

For people living with HIV, or any potentially life-threatening illness, your state of mind can impact your overall health. If you elect to explore counseling, you are not alone.

Counseling might be beneficial for you if…

  • Something has been troubling you over a period of time and you’re having difficulty finding a solution on your own.
  • Things are getting on top of you, and affecting your wellbeing, causing depression, anxiety or stress.
  • You find it hard to talk to friends or family because they are directly involved in the issues.
  • Issues from the past are having an impact on your day to day life.
  • Things that are troubling you are having a negative impact on your relationships or work.

Counseling can help you reflect and make sense of difficult life events and find a way to move forward.  Some of the benefits are…

  • Talking with someone neutral, outside of your immediate situation, can show you a different perspective and help you find a way forward.
  • Talking with a trained counselor who is skilled at listening can help you to process difficult thoughts and feelings.
  • Sharing your worries helps you feel less alone with the problem.
  • You can gain a better understanding of yourself and a clearer sense of what you want and need.
  • You can practice communicating more clearly and honestly in the safety of the counseling relationship.
  • Counseling can help improve your relationships and your ability to communicate.

If you’re still not sure, the best way for things to become clearer is to book an initial session with a counselor.  That way you can find out more about how counseling works and the counselor can help you decide if it would be useful for your particular situation.