"I saw Ms Mortensen for several months while living in SC to take care of my mother's estate. I was alone, overwhelmed with grief, failing at my responsibilities and angry in my relationships. It was a rotten, rotten time, and she helped me tremendously. Her combination of compassion, insight, and practicality were exactly what I needed. I recommend her unreservedly, and wish she were practicing in the area where I live -- in fact, when I had a major life decision to make last year, I called her to arrange a session over the phone in order to gain a clear perspective on my choices. "
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.