What is Counseling?


Counseling and Therapy: Finding Emotional Support on the Web

Life's events can occasionally lead to an array of complicated feelings and emotions. Sometimes we're able to sort out these feelings ourselves, or with the help of family or friends. Other times, it might be necessary to talk to a trained counselor or therapist who can help us get to the root of our difficulties. If you or someone you know needs this specialized assistance, the Web sites in this guide can point you in the right direction.

What is Counseling?

Sharing problems with someone you've never met isn't always easy. Or maybe you want help, but the issues are so overwhelming you don't know where to start. If you're thinking about talking to a therapist or counselor, or want to determine whether professional help is for you, the Web's information can assist in your decision-making.

Dulcinea's Insight

  • If you are seriously considering harming yourself or someone else, dial 911 for help immediately.
  • The Web can be a good tool for getting some preliminary information about emotions and other disorders, but your best bet is going to a medical professional to get accurate, prompt care. If you suspect that someone is in real danger, contact a physician or emergency services to get help right away.

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Types of Therapy

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Problems Addressed in Therapy

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Children and Therapy

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Paying for Counseling and Therapy

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Mental Health Peer Support

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