Life is full of joys and sorrows as we create lives that are meaningful and productive individually and in the larger social context. Counseling is a professional, interpersonal relationship designed to help a person navigate through the more "hairy moments" of the journey. At its best, counseling is a mix of affirming and challenging growth-focused work. It can be an avenue of healing or provide new information and direction. It is within this confidential, caring relationship that people feel safe to be open and honest in exploring the real problems of life; assistance in clarifying thoughts and feelings is often critical in determining possible solutions and/or new directions. The goals of counseling are individually articulated to provide focused direction and later helpful in measuring the success of the counseling process. Change is not easy, but life often demands it of us. Counseling can provide the professional companionship that can and does make the difference!
Dr. Dorothy Soukup Bender, PHD is a psychology provider who practices in Sartell, MN. She is 60 years old.