The counseling process is, in many ways, is like an educational experience. The individual can learn more about him/herself, but also acquires new skills.
Sometimes, counseling involves learning more about a particular condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders) by which the person is affected, so that he/she can better understand treatment options. Some benefits are:
- improved communication and interpersonal skills
- greater self-acceptance and self-esteem
- ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits
- better expression and management of emotions, including anger
- relief from depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions
- increased confidence and decision-making skills
- ability to manage stress effectively
- improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities
- greater sense of self and purpose
- recognition of distorted thinking
Other Proven Benefits of Counseling via positivepsychology.com are:
- Increased skills in interpersonal communication.
- Improved interpersonal relationships.
- Decreased depressive symptoms.
- Decreased anxiety symptoms.
- Reduction in pharmaceutical interventions.
- Improved quality of life.
- Clarity of behavioral contribution to wellbeing.
- Reduction of suicidal ideation.
- Improvement in emotional self regulation.
- Reduction in substance misuse.