The reasons people come to counseling or psychotherapy, are as different as the people themselves. For some, counseling is sought when they have experienced a traumatic event, an unexpected change in life, or a life transition, triggered by distress and uncertainty. Others seek counseling when they experience a sense of imbalance in their life, while others are striving for personal growth through self-exploration and self-acceptance. The most important aspects of therapy typically are the ‘nonspecific’ factors—the personality of the therapist; having a time and place to talk; having someone care, listen, and understand your problems. It can be great to have someone provide encouragement and advice. The following are some conditions that can arise in people that require counseling.

Depression

Depression is the debilitating condition that interferes with our ability to experience pleasure, interact with people or actively participate in life. While we all feel sad, moody or low from time to time, some people experience these feelings intensely, for long periods of time (weeks, months or even years) and sometimes without any apparent reason. It maybe a good idea to seek a counsellor in such circumstances.

Symptoms

  • Not going out anymore
  • Not getting things done at work/school
  • Withdrawing from close family and friends
  • Relying on alcohol and sedatives
  • Inability to concentrate
  • Headaches and muscle pains
  • Sleep problems
  • Loss or change of appetite
  • Significant weight loss or gain

Sexual Health Problems

Many people have a problem with sex at some point in their life. Some people deal with these problems themselves but, for others, sexual problems can cause a lot of distress and unhappiness. These days, many couples find it hard to fit sex into their busy schedules. And it’s perfectly normal for people to go through periods when they’re just not in the mood for lovemaking. However, if you chronically lack desire for sex — for emotional or physical reasons — you may want to consider sex therapy. Sex therapy generally addresses the emotional issues underlying sexual problems and employs behavioral techniques to deal with the physical symptoms.

Symptoms

In men:

  • Lack of desire
  • Difficulty getting or keeping an erection (erectile dysfunction)
  • Premature ejaculation or other ejaculation problems

In women:

  • Lack of desire
  • Difficulty having an orgasm
  • Pain during sex or inability to have penetrative sex

Stress & Anxiety

Anxiety is an overwhelming monster that can keep you from living life to the fullest because it robs you of your peace of mind. Anxiety disorders can be debilitating in children, adolescents, and adults alike, but they are also highly treatable. If you experience chronic worry or other symptoms like sleep difficulties, fatigue, restlessness, or panic, you may be suffering from an anxiety disorder. Treating this disorder can help you worry less and experience a more fulfilling and enjoyable life.

Symptoms

  • Physical: panic attacks, hot and cold flushes, racing heart, tightening of the chest, quick breathing, restlessness, or feeling tense, wound up and edgy
  • Psychological: excessive fear, worry or obsessive thinking
  • Behavioral: avoidance of situations that make you feel anxious which can impact on study, work or social life

Relationship Problems

All relationships have ups and downs, but sometimes they can get a bit stuck and it’s hard to talk things through or get to a positive solution. While, it’s an oft-repeated statistic that 50% of first marriages end in divorce, that number has remained unchanged for the past 30 years. Divorce rates also vary with the partners’ level of education, religious beliefs, and many other factors. While divorce may be necessary and the healthiest choice for some, others may wish to try to salvage whatever is left of the union. When couples encounter such problems or issues, they should seek marriage counseling.

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