Top 5 Reasons People Start Counseling

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Top 5 Reasons People Start Counseling


1. Relationship Issues

We can all attest that troubles in any relationship (intimate, work, peer, family) can cause disruptions on our lives. Of course the closer the relationship, them more disruption. Counseling helps in 2 very major ways. First to help understand the nature of the relationship and those involved. Knowing the core dynamics of the relationship can give so much insight on how to manage it better. Secondly, to give you the management tools to bring about the change you want.

2. Lack of Relationships

While I am generally speaking of a lack intimate relationships, lack of relationships in any arena can cause distress. Feelings of loneliness, isolation, feeling less than, negative self comparisons and harsh critical judgments creep up very quickly when something we want feels out of reach. Counseling helps in resetting your viewpoint and promoting the idea that the best you, the genuine you, is someone worth having. Hope is a key element in this difficult journey, and you do not have to do it alone.

3. Work Issues

Troubles in the work world can shake the very foundation of how we live. Most of us work to live, not live to work. Anxiety and fear can quickly take hold when we have issues in our work. Learning to manage our responses, finding positive, meaningful, and personal solutions to our work woes begins to calm the landscape. Engaging with a counselor is first step in taking control over your work and career development.

4. Mood Management

Connecting with a counselor to learn to manage mood, whatever the problem may be, is a powerful choice. It is a choice that will give you the tools necessary to find peace, and ultimately freedom. This process may often be tied to a number of other areas of life. This is why the choice is so powerful, change in one regard alters another. It is a positive cascade effect which shapes life for the better and faster than you think.

5. Addictions

We all know of, or have struggled personally with, addictions. Drugs, alcohol, gambling, food, sex, video games…all can be highly addictive and cause tremendous turmoil in our lives. When any activity causes issues in work, family, life, or intimate relationships, we maybe looking at an addictive cycle. It is important to find a therapist or counselor to assist you in eliminating the addictive behaviors (stop the behavior causing trouble), and the source (stop the cycle from restarting).

Combination of the above

Generally people are coming in with a combination of these issues. While it may feel difficult to get past these difficult things, help is out there. You do not need to battle any of this alone. Reach out, connect, and find peace.


This is an anecdotal list from what I have personally seen in my Chicago based office in River North. If you or someone you know is struggling with any of these issues, please reach out. Happiness, contentment, and love is closer than you think.