Announcing that you’re going to couples therapy can result in raised eyebrows from those who aren’t well versed in the benefits of counseling. There’s a stigma associated with counseling, especially for couples. Thinking that there is something “wrong” with your relationship, outsiders might not understand that going to couples counseling is a positive step that helps healthy relationships, too. To debunk some of these myths, we’re discussing what to expect in couples counseling and how it can help your relationship.
When the Transition House was established in 1993 in St. Cloud, Florida, we began as a halfway house, providing substance abuse treatment and transitional housing for men. Our goal was to assist homeless men with alcohol or drug abuse diagnoses, and to prepare them for their return to society as productive and self-sustaining members of the community.
It’s easy to fixate on our flaws and even obsess over them. When does this self-consciousness become an issue, though? Those suffering from body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) focus on and obsess over these flaws to a point where it interferes with their daily life. According to WebMD, people who have body dysmorphia “can't control their negative thoughts and don't believe people who tell them that they look fine. Their thoughts may cause severe emotional distress and interfere with their daily functioning." It’s not uncommon for them to isolate themselves, or miss work or social events in fear that others will notice their flaws. In some cases, individuals may even undergo unnecessary plastic surgeries to correct perceived imperfections, never finding satisfaction with the results.
Every marriage goes through rough patches, but when do these rough patches start to negatively affect those around you, including your own children? Whether you may realize it, children watch their parents all the time. They learn many behaviors from observing their parents' behaviors. Children can be affected by marital conflict in various ways.
Attending counseling is a wonderful positive step towards becoming a happier and healthier you. Once you have decided to attend counseling, your next step is finding a counselor that you feel comfortable with. Having the right counselor can make all the difference in your experience in counseling. Choosing the right counselor who will guide and push you along the way is only half the battle. You must be an active participant in your counseling sessions. We’ve put together a few tips to help guide you in picking the right counselor for you...
When a family member or a loved one goes through a trauma, our natural response is to help. How can we do this? By showing support. The decision to attend counseling is generally not one that comes easy. Getting help and taking steps to improve your overall mental health is something that should be supported though. Even if you aren’t attending counseling yourself, it's important to be supportive to those who are and help them anyway you can. Here are some tips for showing support to friends or family in therapy for a trauma.
One of the most common reasons for not attending any form of counseling is the fear of being judged. At The Transition House, we strive to create an open and non-judgmental environment where everyone feels welcome. The following letter is from an anonymous client sharing about their time in substance abuse counseling.
Eating disorders, which can often be overlooked, are complex and devastating conditions that have very serious consequences for your health, overall well-being, and relationships. They are not a lifestyle, fad, or a phase. People who suffer from eating disorders can greatly benefit from professional help. Eating disorders can become chronic, debilitating, and even life-threatening. In the U.S., 20 million women and 10 million men suffer from an eating disorder at some point in their lives.
Going to counseling for the first time can be intimidating. Talking to a stranger about very personal things takes courage, and addressing a problem, no matter how insignificant it may seem, is a big deal. The decision to see a counselor sometimes comes as a result as a significant amount of time and energy. Once you’ve taken care of choosing your counselor and set up your appointment, here are a few things you should keep in mind for your first session.
Nerves are normal
It’s completely normal to have some jitters before your first counseling session. Your first session will consist of icebreaker type questions that could range from general likes and dislikes to your childhood and relationships with your family members. The counselor will generally be trying to get to know you and gain an idea of why you are seeking counseling.
Counseling can be beneficial to everyone. Despite a common misconception that therapy is only for adults, counseling can be extremely helpful at all stages in life, whether you’re 7 or 70. It can also help everyone to develop increased resiliency and the social and emotional wellbeing that people carry with them throughout life. Check out some of the benefits below.