When you are stuck in a difficult life situation, it can be difficult to see a way out. Counseling or psychotherapy with a qualified, experienced therapist can help you understand the nature of your problems. It can expand your insight into alternative perspectives on your problems. More importantly therapy helps you perceive alternative, more creative ways of responding to your problems. There is always more than one way to skin a cat.
All counselors must have your informed consent before they begin to work with you. That means, first of all, that you must be well informed regarding the counselor’s values. At Anchor Counseling we want you to understand that Christian and Biblical values will always guide our advice.
For counseling to be effective a trusting relationship must be established between the client and the therapist. The therapist has a fiduciary responsibility to maintain complete confidentiality and to promote your personal welfare.
This does not mean that therapy is always a happy, feel good time. The counselor may give you feedback that makes you uncomfortable, even angry. If this happens, tell her about your feelings. Sometimes the very thing we most do not want to hear is what we most need to hear.
However, if your relationship with your therapist remains conflicted, you may need to seek another counselor. That is your right to do so at any time. Remember, the therapist works for you. But before looking elsewhere make sure you have been honest with yourself about whether you really need to hear what your counselor has been saying to you.