Individual counseling is a service we offer here at Relationships & More. We invite you to visit our Rye, NY office to meet with a licensed professional who can help you with whatever you are struggling with. Though counseling is often thought of in terms of couples, individual counseling is equally valid.
We want you to know that you do not have to be suffering from a clinically diagnosed mental illness to benefit from individual counseling. You don’t even need to be struggling with anything in particular. Counseling is very much a tool to help people through their struggles, but it’s also a beneficial exercise just for maintaining a positive state of mind.
If you are curious about individual counseling but not sure whether it is right for you, here are five ways you could benefit from a few counseling sessions:
1. Improved Communication Skills
Counseling therapies are implemented mainly through conversation. Therapist and client get together to talk. Even if they talk about nothing in particular, a few counseling sessions can help improve communication skills. That is important on many levels. For instance, an inability to communicate is a leading factor in many relationship troubles. So just by learning how to communicate more effectively, you could improve your relationships.
2. Reduced Stress and Anxiety
We conduct individual counseling with people who are feeling stressed and anxious. These are average people. They are the same people you work with, encounter at the supermarket, and so on. They schedule an individual counseling session every now and again just to talk things out. They find counseling reduces their stress and anxiety.
Knowing what we know about stress and its impact on physical health, doing what you can to relieve it is good for you. A few counseling sessions here and there may be just what you need to significantly reduce your stress and anxiety.
3. A New Perspective
Individual counseling can give you a new perspective on life. Maybe you are going through a life change for which you just weren’t prepared. It happens to all of us. Talking things out with a therapist can help you see this life change in a new light. You could gain a new perspective that not only carries you through, but also helps you embrace the next stage of your life with open arms.
4. Greater Self-Awareness
Individual counseling could also benefit you by increasing your self-awareness. Another way to phrase it is getting to know yourself better. All of us struggle with this to some degree. We know who we want to be and we think we know who we are. Seldom do those two images match. A greater self-awareness allows you to see who you are and be comfortable with that person.
As a side note, greater self-awareness has a tendency to soften one’s edges. Becoming more comfortable in your own skin makes it easier to relate to other people in a more open and transparent way.
5. Confidential Discussions
Sometimes, people come to us for individual counseling just because they need to get something off their chests. They need a confidential ear they can talk to without fear that what they say will be made public. That’s a great comfort when people are working through tough issues that they don’t feel they can talk to friends or family about.
We offer individual counseling because it genuinely helps people. Whether you need a new perspective or you are just looking to reduce your stress and anxiety, we are here to help. Feel free to contact us and make an appointment to see a therapist.