How can "just talking" about my problems really help?
Over the past twenty-three years I have seen thousands of people whose lives have radically changed for the better. I have seen marriages on the brink of disaster that have been restored. I have seen adolescents who were headed for jail or death turn around and live happy normal lives. I have seen people who have been devastated by crippling disease gain new strength and a new vision for their lives. These same people have gone on to live productive lives and have become supporters of others who are struggling. I have talked openly with children whose parents have warned me, "they won't talk to you." I have seen adolescents who had to be forced to come to the first session ask to come back. I could go on and on.
Not everyone responds as well as these people did, but the vast majority of people report that counseling was a positive experience for them. In fact, the most common comment I hear is, "I should have done this years ago." I've even had a few clients say, "I wish my parents had made me do this when I was younger."
Those people who have never tried it sometimes ask the question, "How can just talking about it help?" These are often the people who have been asked by someone to go to counseling but who are not ready to make changes in their lives. What I tell them is that talking is the most powerful and effective means of change that we, as humans, have at our disposal. More lasting and global changes have been brought about by talking than all the wars we have ever fought. Talking is what we use in our schools, universities, churches, businesses, courts, governments and international relationships. As everyone who has been in an argument knows, talking can hurt, deeply. It can separate people for the rest of their lives, but talking can also heal. That's where counseling and coaching come into the picture.
The deciding factor in whether or not counseling works is in people's approach to it. Those who come only to blame others will usually fail. Those who come ready to make changes in their lives are usually successful in counseling.
At Advanced Behavioral Counseling we are focused on short-term counseling. Most people achieve their goals in three to six sessions. That's only three to six hours out of your life to make significant changes in yourself, your marriage or your family. That's a small price to pay for the rewards that are achieved.
Of course the best way to know is to try it for yourself. Schedule an initial session to see if you think it's right for you. You are always free to stop any time you choose to do so. Don't put off making changes in your life. There is no reason to continue to live with emotional pain. Call us now to set up an appointment. If no one is there leave a message and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Getting help really is as easy as ABC.

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