Don’t Fight Alone – The Allen Flame

College is a new chapter for every student. Whether it’s being an athlete or just a student on campus, it can get tough at times. This can stem from feeling stressed or overwhelmed, or feeling overwhelmed and stressed at the same time. These feelings can stem from the stress of school or problems at home, from simply not being happy, or from feeling isolated and alone.

Students experiencing these feelings should seek help with counseling online or in person. Making the decision to consult an advisor is an act of bravery. It can be hard to talk to strangers about our personal burdens and struggles, especially if we feel like they aren’t important in the bigger picture of life. Still, seeking advice is very important. Counselors are there to help in any way necessary, and more importantly, they care deeply about helping a person improve.

Fortunately, advice may be easier to find than you think. Online counseling has grown in popularity because it is easier and can be done almost anywhere at any time. Whether online or in person, professional counselors help clients identify goals and potential solutions to issues that have caused emotional turmoil. They also seek to improve a client’s communication and coping skills; boost their self-esteem; and promote behavioral changes that optimize mental health.

Believe it or not, mental health can be greatly improved by therapy. Therapy comes in a wide variety of forms and therapists vary widely. Nevertheless, there are some things that a person can generally anticipate. Many people are anxious the first time they see a therapist. It’s typical! A person should be prepared to ask any questions they may have. Ask about the counselor’s method of therapy, what unique approaches they use, or if they have dealt with people who have been through similar situations. It is acceptable, not unexpected, to raise concerns or simply find another therapist if something the therapist is doing is causing you to feel unwell. If this happens, don’t give up completely. Instead, try to persevere for a few sessions.

With my own personal experience, I recently started counseling about 3 weeks ago. I always thought I would never need advice, but in the end, it changed my life for the better. Personally, I give advice on my phone, since I’m here in Iola, KS and far from where I normally live in the city. Even though it’s over the phone/chat, the counseling has helped me a lot mentally. I can express myself and my feelings to someone I can trust and feel comfortable opening up to. Part of the counseling made me see things from a different perspective, which helped me improve my knowledge. I encourage anyone going through difficult times to get help and do better for themselves.

Counseling can boost mood, treat mental illness, reduce medical costs, improve relationships and communication, and build self-esteem and resilience. If you need advice, you can find resources at online sources such as BetterHelp.com, Regain.us, and Cerebral.com. Admissions counselors and counselors at your college can also help you find local counselors. There is help. Contact us today!

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