Open Door Counseling Services is a respectful, safe, and supportive environment for making positive changes in yourself and your life.
You do not have to be good
You do not have to walk on your knees
for a hundred miles through the desert, repenting.
You only have to let the soft animal of your body
love what it loves.
Tell me about despair, yours, and I will tell you mine.
Meanwhile the world goes on.
Meanwhile the sun and the clear pebbles of the rain
are moving across the landscape,
over the prairies and the deep trees,
the mountains and the rivers.
Meanwhile the wild geese, high in the clean blue air,
are heading home again.
Whoever you are, no matter how lonely,
the world offers itself to your imagination,
calls to you like the wild geese, harsh and exciting
over and over announcing your place
in the family of things.
- Mary Oliver
What is counseling?
Simply stated, counseling is a relationship in which an individual consults and requests assistance from another individual to better understand and manage a problem. There are many types of "counseling" relationships, e.g., a friend, parent, advisor, or mentor. Counseling provided by Open Door Counseling Services, however, differs from other types of counseling relationships in that a licensed mental health care professional has specific training and expertise in psychology and human behavior, and can provide a structured approach to resolving problems and developing coping strategies for dealing with psychological distress.
How does counseling help?
The mind, emotions, and spirit are integrated in the body, and are aspects of mental health. While many physical symptoms have other causes, psychological distress alone can cause very real physical symptoms that contribute to disease processes; and the emotional and mental aspects of physical illness should not be ignored.
While most people experience significant psychological distress at some point in their lives, it is advisable to seek treatment when symptoms interfere with the accomplishment of developmental goals, and affect relationships at home, school, at work, and with friends.
Psychotherapeutic treatment can help people change the way they feel and react, reduce stress, and allow for greater satisfaction in relationships and in life.
When should someone seek counseling?
Although all people show signs of psychological distress at times, when there is a noticeable increase in the number and level of symptoms that negatively affect relationships, it may be time to look for professional counseling. Some signs of psychological compromise include: