Whatever your reason for beginning therapy it is important to know that there are risks and benefits to doing so. Therapy is intended to be a setting where change, acceptance and forgiveness can occur, however, there are no guarantees. Meeting your goals can include experiencing old painful feelings, resisting steps required to change, letting go of old patterns and habits as well as being confronted regarding possible obstacles that are preventing you from reaching your goals.
On the other hand, counseling has the capacity of providing you with the interpersonal skills to communicate, enjoy and accept yourself as well as others. It also provides a safe and objective environment to share and explore your thoughts, feelings and actions. It creates specific ways to handle stress, manage and resolving individual issues and improve communication with those closest to you. Counseling is intended to improve your quality of life, reduce stress, manage conflicts and provide an overall sense of well-being.