Counseling is a form of psychological support that focuses on specific issues, life problems, adaptation difficulties, and crises. The positive definition of mental health implies that health is not only the absence of disease, but general well-being, a sense of coping with stress and using one’s potential. However, there are moments when this balance is disturbed. Counseling is therefore aimed at restoring balance, regaining control over one’s emotions, organizing thoughts, or taking coherent action when necessary. Our work is based on psychodynamic perspective, which means that the clients with our help not only analyze their current situation, reactions, and emotions but also reflect on the causes of their difficulties, the conscious and unconscious motives of their actions.
Who may need counseling? People who:
– are experiencing a sudden life change (illness, death of a loved one, losing a job, divorce, ending a relationship)
– are experiencing an identity crisis
– have suffered from a traffic accident, natural disaster
– have experienced some kind of violence
– are struggling with the effects of a pandemic (disease or isolation)
To sum up: Counseling, as opposed to therapy which is a form of treatment introducing changes in functioning, focuses on returning to the balance from before the crisis or adapting to new realities. After prior consultation, the psychologist may also suggest the client to start therapy.