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Strength-Based Counseling: Will it Eliminate Anxiety and Depression? From Cary and Huntley

Aug 4, 2008
Hiring a counselor or psychologist can be a decision that will produce a dramatic transformation in your life. A good therapist or counselor is entirely devoted to your feelings of well-being and emotional development and will help guide you to the exciting life you seek.

Rather than focusing on your problems and pains, a strength-based psychologist or counselor helps you identify your in-born potential abilities and the strengths that you have unconsciously repressed. From a strength-based counseling perspective, allowing your innate assets to rise to the surface and be fully actualized is the ultimate cure to so much of the anxiety and depression you experience.

Most of us learn when we are very young that the most important goals in life revolve around the attainment of financial and job security. We are provided with a lot of information that is supposed to enable us to develop the abilities and get the training required to get a stable career and carve out a meaningful role in our life.

The problem is that this socialization process often dwarfs our unique genius and personal creativity. This socialization that is imposed upon us creates an almost insurmountable barrier to the unfolding of our unique and individualistic portfolio of possibilities that have yet to be realized.

A strength-based therapist or counselor recognizes this trend as one of the main ingredients contributing to the problems with which we contend, from chronic physical problems to mental illness to financial turmoil to anxiety and substance abuse. The good news is that, no matter what our age or how alienated, depressed or anxious we might be, it is never too late to establish an entirely new way of fulfilling ourselves.

A psychologist, counselor or psychotherapist can guide you through this process with insight and awareness. The central issue in deciding whether you are ready to hire a professional counselor is the level of your motivation and commitment to change. If you are prepared to evolve emotionally, financially, in your relationships and your work, then a professional counselor can provide a powerful amount of support. The key is that you enter this remarkable process ready and committed to change.

Most of us have been subconsciously socialized to resist change. This is part of the subconscious conditioning in which we are immersed that suggests that change threatens our stability and security.

However, true self-improvement requires leaping into the unknown. At that point, we must be willing to let go of our need for familiarity and stability. Your interest in eliminating your anxiety, depression and alienation has to outweigh your fear of the unknown.

Unfortunately, if you are too stuck on the way you are now and too attached to your prejudices about how things really are, there is very little you can do to become a happier more fulfilled person. Once you are ready to make the leap, however, the quality of life you can create is almost limitless.

It depends on whether or not you are committed to take responsibility for the quality of your life and then take the courageous step to decide to explore a new way of perceiving yourself and your world.
About the Author
Dr Shery is in Cary, IL, near Algonquin, Crystal Lake, Marengo and Lake-in-the-Hills. He's an expert psychologist. Call 1 847 516 0899 and make an appt orlearn more about counseling at: http://www.carypsychology.com
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