Common Challenges


Common challenges for Individuals of Every Walk of Life for which Counseling is Uniquely Helpful?

The list below offers examples, but is not all-inclusive. Benefits from counseling range from lessening stress or emotional pain and speeding up resolution of the difficulty (even though you could survive on your own) to interventions which are indispensable due to the level of distress, nature of the difficulty or lack of resources (psychological or social) to cope successfully without support. Most of the time we will survive through life’s challenges without professional help, as noted above, but not without undue suffering. Help can soften the pain, shorten the length of the period of stress and more quickly resolve the matter. So, why suffer more than necessary? Seeking professional help is being wise, rather than weak.

Too often failure to seek professional help allows a crisis state to develop which places us at risk; at risk for impaired functioning at work, cut-off from significant relationships, diminished quality of life or even a psychiatric emergency requiring acute care. Remember, your loved one(s) suffer with you and for you. This mutual suffering makes it difficult for each of you to help one another during times of stress.This is one of the reasons that a third party for whom the situation does not have the same level of emotional weight can offer you strength to cope more effectively.

Verbal/emotional/physical abuse; including oppression or neglect or other experiences traumatic to the degree that they interfere with your life negatively.

From causes of which you are clearly aware (job, illness, etc.) or present to an undesirable degree without a cause you can identify.

Use of alcohol or drugs which negatively impacts life; either your own or that of your family.

Acute distress as result of a significant loss: lose of loved-one, loss of career, health, identity etc.

Difficulty meeting expectations at home, school or with peers; uncommon and/or prolonged emotional pain for any reason.

Chronic/Terminal Illness:
Illness involves loss, with a high risk of social isolation, depression, and need for adjustments; psychological, social and physical.

Questioning Issues and Adjustments:

Discomfort with regard to sexual orientation, coping as a person in non-dominate and non-accepting society; family cut-off or strain; isolation or partnership difficulties etc.

Couple or Family Counseling to improve or save the relationship or Adjustment to Divorce for Parents and/or Children. Research has found that children make healthier life adjustments to parental divorce when they have received counseling at the time of the divorce.

Social Adjustments:
Related to immigration, cultural, ethnic, racial, orientation, religious diversity in a society with a different dominate perspective.  Military deployment and re-deployment.

Spiritual Concerns, Needs and Development:
Surveys consistently find that 85-90% of people in the United States highly value religion and spirituality and that a sense of emotional well being of families and individuals is enhanced by a healthy spiritual life.

Women’s’ Issues:
Over-load, sense of powerless at work or at home, related to your gender and the roles expected due to your gender often are highly correlated to risk of depression.

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