I work extensively with adults, both male and female, of all ages, faiths, ethnicities, and life phases. Generally the clients with whom I work are intelligent, successful, warm-hearted folks with solid values, and yet sometimes struggling with issues that cause conflict, depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress, grief, physical symptoms, sleeplessness, nightmares, and etc.
Counseling goals usually fall into two categories: healing vs. coping. When coping with difficult issues, the pain of the situation may be lessened and easier to handle, but it can still be felt. When healing difficult issues, the pain of the situation is resolved. Each client gets to decide their own goals—they can choose to cope with their issue, work to heal the issue, or both.
As you may have guessed healing goals are more ambitious and may require more time than coping goals. The goals identified by clientsare as varied and unique as each individual. Here are some of the more common issues.