Counselling has become mainstream. And, a large percentage of the population now gets assistance from a professional psychotherapist, at least occasionally.
Many professionals seek counselling to relieve stress, achieve career goals, or to reduce the anxiety of busy, competitive lives.
Others wish to find freedom from shyness, relationship problems and eating disorders that prevent them from reaching their goals. Many clients are very high-achieving in many areas of their lives and simply want to work on an issue they haven't been able to fix on their own.
Areas of practice include:
Relationships and marriage counselling
Self-destructive habits and addictions
Grief and loss - recent and historical
Loneliness and isolation
Self-awareness and personal growth
Shyness and social anxiety
Self-esteem and confidence building
Panic attacks and agoraphobia
Teen parent conflict
Typically, "homework" is assigned between counselling sessions as part of the process of therapy and can include a variety of stimulating activities. These counselling interventions are usually fairly easy to complete and part of the therapeutic process. They are not, however, a requirement of the process.