Individual counseling focuses on the specific needs, challenges, thoughts, and behaviors of people internally. Many adults, adolescents, and children with mental health needs have low self esteem, making it difficult for them to exhibit good decision making skills, build relationships with others easily, or communicate their needs effectively to others. In individual counseling, clients are able to discuss their concerns in a safe and non-judgemental environment, thus allowing them to view their thoughts from a different perspective than their own. Many times when individuals can begin to trust their own judgement and build skills in communicating with others effectively, their self-esteem is restored and they are able to make more sound, appropriate decisions for themselves.
In an intimate relationship there are essential components that must exist; trust, communication and respect. When these areas are strained, broken, or being ignored the relationship is at risk for turmoil. Day to day arguments, lying, or seeking outside relationships for support are a few examples of when couples counseling may be beneficial. Couples counseling can be useful for not only solving issues in the relationship, but also for identifying them. Often couples have trouble pinpointing the exact issues causing them distress. Couples counseling can examine the overall relationship and help identify the areas that need adjusted or revamped in order to help re-establish the relationship.