Many of us – or perhaps, someone we know – go through difficult times and transitions in life. These include making job and career transitions, career decisions, situations at work such as working with a difficult person, failure with a project, expected promotion not coming through, being laid off, stress and so on.
In our personal space, challenging times include difficulties with key relationships such as that with a partner, spouse, parent, parent-in-law, transitions in marital status, starting a family, relocation, making significant life decisions, health issues, illness, struggling with addiction, managing an elder or sick parent and so on.
At times, we can just struggle with feelings of being down, sad, confused, angry, fearful, depressed, stressed… and we are not able to understand how or why we’re feeling this way.
In all such cases, there’s an impact on our day-to-day peace of mind, the way we interact with others, and the way we feel, and ultimately on our physical health. Something’s not quite right – and we don’t know what to do about it. Or, perhaps we do know, but are unable to find the resources or coping strategies to deal with it. If any of these rings true for you – or someone you know – it might help to work with a counselor.
Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, couples or families to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. Counselors work with clients on strategies to overcome obstacles and personal challenges that they are facing. It is a collaborative effort between the counselor and client. Counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems which cause emotional turmoil; seek to improve communication and coping skills; strengthen self-esteem; and promote behavior change and optimal mental health. (American Counseling Association, http://www.counseling.org).
Often, we are hesitant to seek counseling because of the concern of what other people might think. (Would it help if you thought of it as ‘life coaching’?) If any of this resonates with you, and you’d like to have a confidential, private chat with someone who will support you – then why not connect with us.
(I especially work with senior leadership levels – CXO and two levels down – as an executive coach; so, I’m used to working with senior folks as their executive counselor too!)
Email us at email@example.com to start a dialogue that will help you take charge of yourself and move ahead.
Also check out the next pages: What does Counseling cost? and About your Counselor.