Written By: Dan Miller, M.A., LPC, BCPCC


Counseling is considered to be a form of psychology and therapy centered on specific and normal developmental problems that pertain to the human experience. Numerous individuals surmise that psychology, therapy, and counseling are analogous, and all apply to crazy people. This is a common misconception.

Counseling explores normal problems that occur with development – situations where a basic solution might resolve the concern before it manifested into a more serious matter. This encompasses yet is not exclusively isolated to the following areas: Career, Family, Individual, Organizational and Grief counseling.

Objective and Characteristics

Counseling’s aim is to offer support to clients who need it. It embraces the slogan “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Counseling looks to assist people before the problem becomes an even larger pathological concern.

Counseling comes in many forms depending on the characteristics of the problem presented. Individual counseling is counseling centered on the individual’s present or later concerns. Individual counseling may involve career counseling and preparation, grief followed by a loved dying or coping with problems at work before they become larger. Individual counseling is a private dialogue between the counselor and the client, who is the individual needing treatment. The collaboration, therapeutic relationship that facilitates mutual trust and personal growth.