Healing Minds


Healing Benefits of Counseling


There are a number of things in life that can have an effect on the state of your emotional wellbeing and mental health. These disruptions to your emotional wellbeing can give rise to feelings such as sadness, stress, and anxiety.

Finding ways to deal with these emotions is the first step to healing and improving the state of your mental health. There are many individuals or families that have discovered the healing value of therapy and the importance of finding ways to deal with the emotions that cause the distress. “Therapy can remind you how to take care of yourself and develop a plan so you know your sources of support,” says Carmen Gehrke, LMHC.



Who Needs Counseling?


According to Brittany N. Murphy, PHD, LPC, NCC, BC-TMH, “Counseling is an empowering process in which people take responsibility for and control over their lives.” There are a number of reasons that an individual or family can seek out therapy or counseling. There are also a number of different types of counseling that one can choose from. Reasons to seek out counseling or therapy can include:


  • Major life events such as grief, divorce, illness, etc
  • Mental health disorders such as depression, anxiety, etc
  • Anger management
  • Family issues such as divorce, foster care, adoption, and more
  • Addiction
  • Life Changing Illness such as HIV, AIDS, etc
  • Grief and loss
  • Personality traits such as low self-esteem
  • Family counseling to deal with the effects of a loved one with mental disorder or life-changing illness



Types of Counseling


There are a number of different types of counselors and therapists, each with their own approach as to how they would aid the individual in dealing with the problem for which they seek out counseling.  The types of therapy and counselors can include:


  • Marriage Counselor
  • Child and Family Counseling.
  • Career and Guidance Counseling.
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • Mental health Therapists, counselors and group therapy
  • Substance Abuse Therapy or Group Counseling such as AA.
  • Educational Counseling
  • Social Workers


Counseling For the Unemployed, Homeless and Transients

Chris Oneth LMFT  says “Through simple and direct counsel and coaching you may discover great potentials that can move your job and career to a positive place you never thought possible.” Therefore, finding support or seeking out therapy can be difficult when you are faced with challenges such as unemployment or homelessness. However, it is not impossible. A person who wants to seek out support or therapy can:


  • Speak to a social worker and ask about free community projects
  • Speak to shelter coordinators
  • Chat with your local healthcare workers
  • Find instant support & online therapy if you have access to technology
  • Speak to your local ministries



Disease Management



Disease Management is another reason that one can seek out therapy or counseling. Managing health through counseling, group therapy, and one-on-one therapy aims to assist an individual in coping and learning to live with diseases such as HIV and AIDS.

The purpose of counseling is to provide the person with information and prepare them for the personal, medical and social implications of being diagnosed with a disease surrounded by stigmas such as HIV or AIDS. Being diagnosed with a disease such as HIV can be traumatic, and counseling or therapy will guide you in learning to manage and live with the outcome.


Behavioral Health Services Homeless 

This form of counseling and health service provides people who are homeless with support. Support can include counseling for substance abuse, addiction, and mental health. This is achieved through a number of outreach programs and crisis management teams. There are a number of these outreach programs available and also something that communities can come together to support.


Counseling to Prevent Homelessness

There are also a number of prevention programs that offer counseling and support that includes intervention, budget counseling, and assistance in accessing community and government resources in their communities.

“Because Everyone Deserves a Home-The Way Home”  is one such group that offers support, counseling, and guidance for prevention and rehabilitation for homelessness.…