If a person is wanting to reflect more deeply about their life, or gain extra strategies to cope with a particular situation, it is helpful to connect with a counsellor.
There are times when it is important to seek counselling, including:
Feeling helpless or hopeless; experiencing personal issues, problem sleeping, and changes in eating habits; being unable to concentrate; experiencing a decline in academic performance; having persistent worry, prolonged sadness, suicidal thoughts, irritability, mood swings, a loss of control, difficulty making decisions, and uncertainty.
A counsellor may facilitate a process to support healthy physical choices, including staying physically active and maintaining healthy sleep and eating patterns.
A counsellor may facilitate a process to help individuals become aware of their thought patterns, and frame their ideas and thoughts positively.
A counsellor may facilitate a process to help people better understand their emotions and express their feelings in healthy ways.
A counsellor may facilitate a process to help connect individuals to others, or guide them in their chosen path of faith or spirituality. Some individuals may view gaining deepr insights into their personal lives as a spiritual experience.
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