What is Counseling?
When people think about counselors, many different ideas can be conjured. Some think about those who are suffering with mental illness and need help navigating through life. Others think about those who are fighting addiction to substances such as drugs and alcohol. Others still might think of troubled children or a marriage on the rocks. Although all of these examples include situations in which counseling is helpful, those aren’t the only reasons a person might seek to speak with a counselor. Sometimes, even the happiest, most well-adjusted people need an objective opinion, and counselors are a great way to get that feedback.
A counselor is an individual that is trained to assist people with various emotional and behavioral issues. A counselor can specialize in helping many different types of people including children, families, and individuals in different areas such as drug addiction, grief, or trauma. Some counselors work with people individually, while others assist in group therapy. Many counselors choose to specialize in certain areas because the skillset to offer therapy to a person fighting drug addiction is different from someone who is having trouble in a relationship. The chosen specialization is usually decided while the potential counselor is still in school, particularly graduate school. As part of the education, internships and practicums are required which mirror the specialization the student has chosen.