What is Counseling (Psychotherapy)?
Talking to someone helps you to see your problems more clearly. It enables you to explore all the possible solutions and by doing so you can then face up to and learn to work through the causes of your distress or anxiety. Counseling aims to help you to help yourself, by understanding why you feel the way you do and by exploring and planning how you manage emotional and practical realities. Counseling gives you the space to explore who you are and what really matters to you. This can be a very positive experience. Counselors work in a way that enables you not to be dependent on them. They support you to believe in yourself and to trust your own judgment.
Some of the common Myths about counseling are:
Myth # 1
Seeing a counselor is a sign of weakness.
This couldn’t be further from the truth. Seeing a counselor helps to explore one’s feelings and emotions with a view to leading a more positive way of life is a sign of courage rather than of weakness. Problems and difficulties that are not dealt with do not simply go away, they can mount up and in time cause a major crisis.
Myth # 2
That counseling is only for people who have serious mental health problems or in crisis that you have to be completely unable to cope to consider counseling.
This is not true. Many people find counseling enables them to deal with specific problems such as relationship breakups or loss of family member. Those who attend counseling are ordinary people who wish to find ways of resolving their difficulties and working towards living a more healthy and positive lifestyle.
Who needs Counseling?
We all experience stressful times in our lives and sometimes it can feel a bit too much. No matter how hard we try, we feel unable to cope and we may feel depressed and anxious. Your doctor may have prescribed medication. A combination of medication and counseling often works very well.
Almost everyone can benefit from psycho-therapy. Many of us have feelings of emptiness in our lives, which we are not able to fill, despite repeated attempts. Psycho-therapists can help you lead a more fulfilling life. Last but not the least; they can help you break down the barriers that prevent you from achieving your goals and realizing your full potential.
How does Counseling help?
Counseling offers you a safe, confidential and non-judgmental setting to discuss issues that you may find distressing, confusing or painful. A counselor is trained to help you improve the situation.
Through a supportive and trusting relationship with your counselor, counseling will offer you an opportunity to:
- Thoroughly explore and understand your situation, thought patterns, feelings and responses in order to bring about positive change.
- Get a fresh perspective on your situation that will facilitate progress
- Identify your strengths and most effective ways of coping
- Learn a variety of skills and techniques to help you make the right changes & choices
The whole process gives you an opportunity for self-awareness and self-development as you are at the centre of this work
How is counseling different from getting support from a friend or a family member?
The aim of counseling is to work towards specific goals to improve your emotional wellbeing.
A well-qualified counselor is able to help you achieve this in a way that you feel fully accepted without being judged. A regular weekly session time is set just to work consistently and progressively on your challenges.
Unlike with a friend or a family member you can freely discuss your difficulties without worrying about burdening the other person.
The help that you get is professional and confidential.
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We were connected to Licensed Professional Counselor Sohail Majeed and since our first session, we’ve seen a dramatic improvement in our ability to communicate, work towards goals and process emotions and feelings. His ability to oversee steps for us to become more confident and more self-aware with better self-worth has been incredible. We’d highly recommend going to see Mr. Majeed.
Mr. Sohail Majeed is an excellent and experienced therapist. He helped repair my family after suffering from traumatic experiences in our life. He is also very well rounded in all areas of therapy. I recommend Mr. Majeed to all families.
Sohail has helped me address the sources of anxiety I have been facing and helped me re-think my negative thought processes that were regularly occurring. Through a mix of positive reinforcement, tracking of negative/anxious thoughts, and relaxation techniques, I have changed my thought processes and decreased the level of anxiety I face on a daily basis. Would highly recommend!
Sohail really helps me work through my problems on a weekly basis. Therapy sessions with him include tangible tasks and action-oriented goals that help me more and more as each week progresses. I have been to therapy before, but none is as constructive as this. For the first time in a long time, I can see myself actually becoming healthier.
Our family received many benefits from our sessions with Sohail Majeed. He displayed an ability to focus in on the problems that were truly affecting our blended family dynamics and offered relevant solutions, that when applied, produced results. Without being drag into the minutia of emotions, he was able to independently understand multiple sides of an issue.
My experience with Sohail Majeed has been life-changing. I came in like a ticking time bomb, but with the techniques he has shown me, I am able to calm myself down and not lose my temper, even in stressful situations. I am able to change my pattern of negative thinking, which has made a huge impact on my life.
Family therapy here has really helped me and my family for the better. Safe and understanding, can’t ask for a better combo in a family therapist.
Thanks, Sohail Majeed for your helpful and supportive individual and group family session to my family, immediately after our divorce. Where you heard our pains, issues, and concerns and analyzed them to advise us. Your advices helped us and coped us in many areas like anger management, stress-management, hurts, pains and how to positively co-parenting after Divorce.