Counseling: Overview

Counseling can provide an opportunity for self-discovery and growth that would not take place without outside assistance.  It helps us to learn more about ourselves and how we think.  Someone else's input may suggest new solutions to old problems or help us make the choices we were unable or unwilling to make on our own.

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Most people, at some time or another, can benefit from counseling.  Sometimes all that one needs is a little outside assistance to help define and solve chronic problems.  In many cases all that is needed is a listening ear or someone to pray with.


Psychological counseling is offered by various professionals including psychiatrists, psychologists and pastors.


While many issues can be resolved easily or quickly, deeper and more complex problems may require working with a specialist, someone with whom you are comfortable, over a longer period of time.

Expected Outcome

Counseling usually increases our self-confidence, improves our relationships, helps us to achieve important goals and aids us in making good decisions that improve our emotional, intellectual, physical and spiritual well-being.  Many counseling sessions conclude successfully without the counselor saying much at all.

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Counseling can help with the following:

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Bruxism (Clenching/Grinding Teeth)

Bruxism is sometimes due to strong emotions such as resentment, frustration, anger, grief, or fear, and can result from a dysfunctional family situation.


Ulcerative Colitis

Unresolved grief is sometimes a hidden contributing factor.  Resolving the issue as completely as possible may hasten healing and reduce relapses.


Susceptibility To Miscarriages

Depression and guilt are often the result of a miscarriage and counseling can help.  Furthermore, there appears to be a strong connection between diet, lifestyle, and risk of spontaneous abortion.  Before becoming pregnant, therefore, it is a good idea to have counseling about the risks.


Premature Ejaculation

Rather than a physical exam, useful information is more likely to be obtained from interviewing the man or the couple.  Premature ejaculation is most often a function of anxiety and overstimulation.  Other psychological factors, such as guilt, may also be relevant if the prematurity develops later in a relationship as opposed to earlier.


Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Behavioral therapy teaches people with OCD to confront their fears and reduce the anxiety without performing the rituals.


During milder episodes of depression, it is good to reach out to others – talk to someone you trust.  Sometimes, especially when people experiencing more severe depression and struggling just to get through the days, they need the help of a professional.  Counseling and psychotherapy are extremely effective in treating depression, either alone or in conjunction with medication.  The important thing to know is that depression is one of the most well-understood and treatable psychological disorders, and help is available.  Certain types of psychotherapy, namely cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT) and interpersonal therapy (IPT), have been shown to be particularly effective.


Anorexia / Starvation Tendency

Anorexia requires counseling as it is mainly a psychological problem.

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