When Should You Call a Family Counselor?

February 25th, 2016 | in Family Counselling, Counselling Information

If a stressful or life altering moment in a person’s life is difficult to cope with and proving to be a challenge to overcome, often he or she will choose to either deal with the situation alone, in their own way or worse, they prefer not to confront the underling issues and further internalizes the pain and turmoil. In these situations, people of all ages can greatly benefit from the help and guidance of a certified family counselor who has been professionally trained and spent years in clinical experience to assist with the emotional and behavioral recovery process.

 When you or a loved one need to call a professional counselor it might seem like a daunting decision but there is no need to agonize or worry. The first step is to contact the office by phone, email or in person to book an initial consultation. After discussing your concerns with one of our qualified staff, a family counselor will arrange to work directly with you or your family to accomplish positive healing outcomes. Most extended health plans cover or reimburse the cost of the visits and the flexible office hours on weekdays, evenings and some Saturdays provide an opportunity to book confidential appointments that can be fit into busy schedules of children, adolescents and adults.

 Our counselors have experience helping people with a broad range of complex and damaging behaviors. When children, teens and adults experience problems at home, school and work it often starts to alter their behaviors with negative consequences in other areas of their lives. Some examples of when it is time to contact a professional counselor for support include when you or a loved one are dealing with:

 Adjustment Difficulties – New Family Dynamic, New School or Work Situations, New Careers, New Relationships, Moving to a New Town or Transitioning to Assisted Living Accommodations

Alienation and Isolation – Between Family Members, Community Groups, School or Co-workers

Anger Management – Aggression, Rage, Tantrums, Frustration, Irritability, Criticism, Judgmental

Anxiety – Nervousness, Uncertainty, Constant Worry, Apprehension or Tension

Avoidance and Denial – Procrastination, Manipulation, Mental or Physical Escape Situations

Bullying – Intimidation from School Peer, Co-Worker, Parent, Sibling, Spouse, Employer, Etc.

Depression – Emptiness, Despair, Irritability, Aggression, Fatigue, Lack of Concentration

Eating Disorders – Preoccupation with Body Image, Food and Weight, Emotional Eating

Existential Depression – Overwhelming and constant thoughts about Death and Meaninglessness

Gifted and Highly Sensitive - Elevated Reactions to various People, Situations and Stimulus

Grief and Loss – Grieving for a departed loved one or the loss of a relationship or situation

Negative Self-Esteem – Self doubt, self loathing, perception of being a victim in all situations

Negative Coping Behaviors – Criticizing Yourself, Chewing Nails, Pulling Out Hair, Smoking, Yelling

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder – Disruptive Repetitive Behaviors, Unwanted Urges or Thoughts

Peer Relationship Challenges – Negative changes in relations with school, work or team peers

Perfectionism – Workaholic, Study-aholic, Anxiety over failure or errors, Competitive, Controlling

Phobias and Fears – Debilitating and overwhelming panic and anxiety over perceived or real danger

School and Learning Difficulties – Youth and Adults Struggling with Academic Challenges

Self-damaging behaviors – Smashing mirrors or glass with head or limbs, Cutting, Burning, Choking, Attempted Suicide, Reckless Driving, Compulsive Gambling, Relations with Inappropriate Partners, Associating with Gangs and Dangerous Animals or Recreational Activities

Separation and Divorce – Breakdown of Communication, Fighting over Children, Harmful Behavior

Substance Abuse – Street or Prescription Drug and Alcohol Addiction, Enabling Behavior

 When people have a chance to express themselves and feel others will listen, understand and accept them and genuinely care about them, they begin to develop skills to see themselves and their situations from a different point of view. Those skills need to be nurtured in a supportive and empathetic environment. With the specialized help of a family counselor, bad situations begin to become positive situations and people start to gain a new insight for emotional and mental well-being.

Contact Alison Bell & Associates Today!
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