Potential Benefits of Counseling

The counseling process is, in many ways, like an educational experience. The client not only learns more about him/herself, but also acquires new skills. Sometimes, counseling involves learning more about a particular condition (e.g., depression, anxiety, eating disorders) by which the client is affected, so that he/she can better understand treatment options. Below are some examples of what students can gain from personal/psychological counseling:

  • improved communication and interpersonal skills
  • greater self-acceptance and self-esteem
  • ability to change self-defeating behaviors/habits/thinking
  • better expression and management of emotions, including anger
  • relief from depression, anxiety, or other mental conditions
  • increased confidence and decision-making skills
  • ability to manage stress effectively
  • improved problem-solving and conflict resolution abilities

(Retrieved from http://www.hvcc.edu/cct/counseling/benefits.html)

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As you can tell, counseling can have many positive benefits to any student and can be an invaluable resource to success in college.

How do you find access to counseling resources on your campus?

  • Talk to your advisor and ask what resources are available to students. Often times, campuses have their own student counseling center that is free and staffed by licensed counselors. Your student advisor would have knowledge of this or could point you in the right direction.
  • Visit your Student Services center. The Student Services’ sole purpose is to help students be successful. They will also, like your advisor, have access to information regarding counseling resources available to you.
  • Student in the Quad Cities (IA/IL) area? Visit this page on our website to see some of the services we have here locally.