The American Counseling Association has designated the month of April as Counselor Awareness Month (C.A.M.). During this month, counselors around the world, who are members of the American Counseling Association, have been tasked with the responsibility of bringing awareness to our profession and our services.
Although counseling has become mainstream there continues to be lack of social acceptance among society of those who utilize counseling services. As a result of society negative perception of counseling, individuals who are experiencing unexpected life circumstances or stressors choose not to pursue counseling.
There are several reasons why an individual may seek counseling that doesn't include having a serious mental condition. Individuals typically pursue counseling to assist with their ability to cope with life challenges. Some of those challenges have been identified as academic-related issues, health concerns, financial problems, interpersonal issues, work-related stressors, career issues, and relational and family conflicts.
It has been shown that engaging in counseling while experiencing these challenges can be helpful to and allow you to develop the skills needed to effectively cope. Furthermore, you are able to invest positively in your overall health and well-being; emotionally, mentally, and physically; which can be considered an act of courage and not perceived as a weakness.
The American Counseling Association has noted that there are currently over 600,000 counselors who are employed within a variety of settings providing a wide range of services to several unique populations. Ultimately, it is the goal of counselors to contribute to the growth and development of individuals by helping them to achieve their full potential in life.
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