As we grow older we experience an entirely new set of challenges. Our bodies may not work as well as they used to and often times we must learn to live in intermittent or even constant pain. We may begin to loose our independence and be forced to depend on our children or others to help us complete even the most basic tasks. Our golden years can be a very lonely and challenging time. Statistics indicate that depression is one of the most common illnesses that we struggle with as we get older. The National Institute of Mental Health suggests that over 80% of individuals begin to feel better after engaging in counseling with a professional.
Counseling can help individuals struggling with a wide array of difficulties ranging from dealing with physical pain to the loss of a spouse. Sometimes just having another person to talk with about our biggest fears, our regrets, or goals for the future can be helpful. Talking to a professional about personal issues can be difficult and scary. It is important to remember that all information that you share with a counselor is confidential and will remain private.