Q2:What is the difference between talking with friends and talking with counselors?
Most of us talk with our families or friends about our concerns, and in particular, we tend to talk with someone we trust. But well-trained helping professionals have theories and skills that are helpful for effective assessment and treatment, and they follow a code of ethics (see reference) that embodies the spirit of helping professionals. One such ethical principle is maintaining confidentiality, which means all client information is private. No one else is informed about the situation other than counselors, except in a case where the client might intend to attempt suicide or hurt someone. We therefore believe our well-trained counselors are trustworthy. In addition, unlike family or friends who know you well, counselors can be more objective about your issues and less likely to judge you. Their purpose as counselors is to help you reach your goals and to work in your best interests.