There can be many goals for the counseling relationship. Some of these will be long term goals such as improving the quality of your life, learning to live with mindfulness, and self-actualization. Others may be more immediate goals such as decreasing anxiety and depression symptoms, developing healthy relationships, changing behavior or decreasing/ending drug use. Whatever your goals are for counseling, they will be set by you according to what you want to work on in counseling. I may make suggestions on how to reach your goals but you decide where you want to go.
Risks and Benefits of Counseling
Counseling is an intensely personal process which can bring unpleasant memories or emotions to the surface. Clients can sometimes make improvements only to go backwards after a time. Progress may happen slowly and there are no guarantees that counseling will work for you. Counseling requires a very active effort on your part. In order to be most successful, you will have to work on things we discuss outside of sessions.
However, there are many benefits to counseling. Counseling can help you develop coping skills, make behavioral changes, reduce symptoms of mental health disorders, improve the quality of your life, learn to manage anger, learn to live in the present and many other advantages.