"In the beginning, Dr. Mark just seemed very friendly. Well, he was always friendly, but his behavior towards me eventually became very uncomfortable. From the beginning he was complimentary. I was a bit hypomanic, so initially didn't mind. But over time his compliments became way too frequent, odd and eventually disturbing. I talked about that with my husband and psychiatrist. They told me to discuss this with Dr. Mark, so I did. It was to no avail. He continued. Sometimes I counted six compliments in a session. I actually have a good self-esteem, so it wasn't as if he thought I needed all that adulation. I have never experienced such adulation in my life! It became too uncomfortable, so I quit him. Beyond that, I didn't receive any valuable counseling."
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.