What Issues Can Counseling Help With

Whether you need help managing everyday stress, dealing with marital issues, have some past trauma you need to overcome, etc., counseling can significantly improve your physical and mental health. Counseling comes in many forms, and counselors can help with small and large issues. First, we’ll explore some standard issues people seek counseling for. 

1. Depression: If you’re dealing with depression, a counselor can help you overcome this issue with regular sessions and medication if necessary. Some common symptoms of depression include: 

  • A lack of energy or being constantly tired 
  • An extreme feeling of emptiness or sadness
  • Irritability 
  • Low self-esteem
  • The inability to concentrate 
  • Inability to enjoy hobbies or activities you once enjoyed 

2. Anxiety: Sometimes, depression and anxiety share similar traits like restlessness and difficulty concentrating. Other anxiety symptoms might also include feeling on edge all the time, irritability, worry, or physical symptoms like headaches, stomach pains, muscle aches, or other unexplained pains. 

3. Eating disorders: Overeating, undereating, and only being able to eat certain foods may indicate other issues like low self-esteem, depression, or coping mechanisms brought on by past traumas. 

4. Anger management: Getting angry every now and again is perfectly normal, but when you get mad too often or when you do get angry, you tend to escalate your anger or stay mad for long periods, then you may need anger management. Methods like practicing deep breathing techniques or recognizing triggers can help you manage your anger. 

5. Stress management: Most people have multiple responsibilities in their life, which might include a job, children, schooling, paying rent and other bills, etc. Managing all this stress can seriously affect someone’s physical or mental health. For example, you might develop bad habits, lack of sleep, become more prone to anger, etc. 

6. Relationship issues: Whether you’re having difficulty communicating with your most recent partner or are facing a divorce in your marriage, dealing with relationship problems on your own can be highly stressful. While a counselor might not be able to resolve all your relationship problems, they can help you communicate with your partner or help you overcome a divorce or breakup. 

7. Family issues: You can walk away from some relationships, but it’s much harder to walk away from family. Dealing with a troubled teen, overcoming death in a family, or feeling stressed out from being a new parent are all everyday situations. 

8. A new transition in life: Sometimes, a new transition brings stress or fear. Even a positive transition like returning to school or working at a new job or career might be stressful. But, again, a counselor can help you work through this stress. 

9. Overcoming past trauma: Past traumas come in many forms and might include situations like sexual abuse, a physical or emotionally abusive relationship, witnessing death in person, a troubled childhood, etc. A counselor can help you work through this trauma using different techniques and strategies. 

These are nine issues a counselor can help you work through, but many more exist. So if you have difficulties in your life lately, seeking counseling, can help. Our friends at Lotus Wellness Center can assist you today!