"She was very distant and didn't seem to care. She kept looking at her clock and seemed inpatient like she couldn't wait for me to leave. Not compassionate or friendly at all. She said she would make a referral. It never happened after multiple calls to her office. I would never recommend or see her again. I felt worse in her presence and sorry I wasted my time seeing her."
Counseling is a type of professional guidance for handling problems in life. There are many types of counselors, and they serve an incredibly wide variety of people with all kinds of different needs. There are general counselors, marriage and family counselors, school and student counselors, career and vocational counselors, religious counselors, and gerontological counselors specifically for the elderly.
In all cases, counseling works when the client and the counselor talk to each other and develop a trusting relationship. The counselor listens respectfully to the client’s problems. Then the two together work on identifying goals, increasing coping skills to overcome any troubles, and improving useful skills such as communication. The goals of counseling will be different for each person, but generally they include an increased sense of well being, decreased distress and anxiety, resolved crisis, and increased ability and function in daily life.