Benefits + Risks of Counseling
Counseling provides you with an opportunity to work with someone who cares about you and wants to work with you to improve whatever the situation is that brought you to therapy. In some cases, the benefits might be substantial. In other cases, the benefits might be more modest. How much progress you make towards your goals depends on many things, including the nature and severity of your problem, how good of a fit you and your counselor are, your readiness to make the needed changes, and other factors.
It's time to take the risk to have a better life.
In some cases, your therapist will ask you to talk about topics or events that are emotionally painful. This may be difficult and unpleasant. However, it is often an important step towards reclaiming your life. It is also true that in some cases the problem may get worse temporarily, as it fights to keep control of your life while you fight to take that control away from the problem. If this happens, be sure to let your therapist know.
It is also true that not every counselor is a good match for every client. Since the quality of the client-therapist relationship is critically important to your success, you and your therapist must be a good fit. If you do not think you and your therapist are working well together, let him or her know. Be honest about this. Your therapist is trained to understand.