Happy Counseling Awareness Month!

April is Counseling Awareness Month. In recognition, Counseling Services will be responding to questions about counseling.

Q: How would talking with a Counselor help me do better in school?

A: Counseling can be a personally enriching experience that improves all areas of your life, including your education. You are more than a student. For example, you might also be an employee, a spouse, a parent, a best friend, or the child of an aging parent – and all these roles compete for the time you want to dedicate to education. This balancing act we all perform can be incredibly rewarding and exciting. However, most people will also experience times when it feels overwhelming and stressful.

Confiding in friends and family can be helpful, but it’s sometimes beneficial to speak with someone who is unbiased and unrelated to the people in your life. Talking with a trained counselor provides a safe place to find a fresh perspective and regain your balance, and it equips you with tools to handle similar situations in the future.

Some benefits of seeing a counselor include:

  • Academic Tools – Discover ways to manage test anxiety, better handle your time commitments, and find the motivation you need to reach your academic goals.
  • Improved relationships – Your relationship with your trained counselor can provide a safe place to learn from the circumstances of your other relationships.
  • Better Physical Health – Reduce the chance of stress-related illness, such as high blood pressure.
  • Increased self-awareness – Learn how to recognize your emotional patterns and build upon your strengths in order to achieve your personal and academic goals.
  • Education and support – Incorporate effective means to handle stress and conflict in your daily life.
  • Accountability – Safely evaluate the life changes you have made to see if they are working.

Learn more at: http://www.cpcc.edu/ican/counseling/pcap.