What is counseling?
Professional counseling is great opportunity for change and growth. You don’t have to have mental disease or disorder to experience the benefits of counseling. People going to counseling to find help with a struggle or problem they haven’t been able to solve or to further increase their life satisfaction.
Professional counseling is a regulated science and service. It requires advanced degrees, continuing education, state/national licensing, and health care licensure.
Is there something wrong with me or am I a weak person if I go to counseling?
Nope! Those who go to counseling are looking to change a relationship, solve a problem, or find the best solution to the difficulty they’re facing. People who come to Great Lakes Wellness Counseling be offered real solutions, experience changed ways of living, and receive expert care.
How is counseling any different than talking to my best friend or a family member?
A best friend or a family member you confide in can be helpful. However, they are not a trained professional. A professional counselor can help you approach your situation differently, listen to you without judgment, or pressure you to do things a certain way. They help you listen to yourself and guide you as you make decisions to be healthier and increase wellness in your life
Shouldn’t I just take medication?
We can neither tell you to start or stop medication nor prescribe it. However, we can discuss with you how medication(s) impact the way you feel or influence choices you make. We respect your choice to take medication or not. We do greatly respect and work closely with medical professionals prescribing medication for our clients on a recurring basis.
What do I do in counseling?
Each person has different goals and desired outcomes for therapy. Sessions are different for each person. However, the core activities in counseling sessions are as one would expect. The client(s) and counselor participate in a collaborative conversation that works toward solving a problem, eliminating a struggle, or learn how cope with a difficulty.
I want to get the most out of counseling. How long will it take?
The number of counseling sessions you need varies from person to person. Research shows most people find 6 to 14 appointments is sufficient enough to make the change they’re looking for. Some go longer and some less. Appointments are usually 45-60 minutes long. Those who are actively committed to the process can expect the best outcome.
How does couples or marriage counseling work?
Typically relationship counseling involves those in the relationship and the counselor working together. Sometimes sessions may include both partners, or just one partner, and the counselor. Successful couples or marriage counseling does not work unless both partners are involved.
How does parent & teen counseling work?
This form of counseling is similar to couples and marriage counseling. Usually, the teen is encouraged to create their own goal and talk with the counselor about ideas or concerns they have which are not shared with the parent. Additionally, in order to promote harmony and growth between the parent and teen a joint goal is created by the teen and parent.