What Does A Counseling Psychologist Do To Help?

Updated November 1, 2023by MyTherapist Editorial Team

If you need help with what life throws at you, talking to a counseling psychologist can help. These professionals are focused on counseling psychology and can help you regardless of your issues. No matter where you are in life, your stresses, or what mental issues you are experiencing, a counseling psychologist can help. This post talks more about counseling psychologists and how they can help you.

Online Therapy Can Offer High-Quality Treatment and Support

What A Counseling Psychologist Can Help You With

What does a psychologist do to help people? A counseling psychologist can be helpful for many types of people.  Whether you're a teenager wanting to know where their life is going, a young adult who is trying to find their identity, a middle-aged adult dealing with an existential crisis, or an older adult who wants to deal with the trials that come with aging, a developmental psychologist may be able to help. Here are some common issues that people seek counseling for.

Work Reasons

Some people go to counseling to find support while they look for the job of their dreams or try to get a promotion. A counselor can help by giving them the motivation to apply for jobs, teaching them interviewing skills to land the job, and being able to help them cope with rejection.

Some people seek counseling because their work environment is hostile, harassed by coworkers or bosses who like to bully and customers who berate them. Psychologists can teach how to cope and pull themselves out of such toxic environments,

School Reasons

Counseling can help anyone struggling at school. If you’re having trouble with your grades, there could be many reasons; sometimes, external reasons may cause them to struggle. Other times, it may be because they need more confidence. They may learn differently or have a learning disability. For a young adult dealing with college, life can be stressful. A counselor can help them take control of their work and perhaps do better in their courses.

For Physical Health Reasons

Not all counseling is mental health-related. Some people go to a counselor for physical health reasons. For example, losing weight. A counselor is not a personal trainer, but they can help you find the motivation to succeed. If you skip a workout day, a counselor can help get you back on the right track. If you are having trouble with your eating, a counselor can help you with that as well. A counselor can also help you be mindful of other physical health ailments as well.

Getty/Vadym Pastukh

For Emotional Control

Expressing your emotions is good; the problem is that many people cannot control their emotions when the situation is appropriate. It's good to vent your feelings to a friend or someone you love, but you need to control your emotions in a work environment or in public. Therapists can help you vent, and you can learn how to manage your emotions in a way that is good for you and your overall well-being.

For Finding Love

For those who want to find love, a therapist can help. Psychologists are not matchmakers, but they know how humans work and can help you learn people skills. There are many reasons why you can't find love. Sometimes, it's self-esteem issues. If you aren't confident in yourself, it can affect how others look at you. Other times, the problem is with how you approach people. You come off too strong or not strong enough. Finding the balance is hard. A counselor can help you.

For Marriage Issues

A strong marriage sometimes needs counseling. Every couple has problems, and a counselor helps reduce the frequency of any issues by providing the couples with solutions. The therapist can teach both parties to be more communicative. If the couple has financial trouble, the therapist can help them figure out how to be more financially sound. Sometimes, the marriage has no real problems; the couple just wants to learn how to communicate better and accomplish their goals. There are many reasons a couple seeks counseling, and not all have to do with their marriage falling apart.

For Life Changes

Everyone says they want to change their lives, but the change is not something they expect, and when it happens, it's hard to cope. For children or adolescents, their parents moving to a new place can be stressful, and it can be hard to adjust to their new life. For adults, adjusting to a new job, a new relationship, starting college, or another life change can be challenging. A counselor helps by teaching them how to adapt to the new place. The client should have fond memories of their old location but also want to strive to make the best of where they live now. If you have a big life change, it's worth talking to a counselor and seeing how they can help with these transitions.

For Mental Health Issues

Counseling psychology versus clinical psychology for mental health issues? Both can be a good option. Depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder, and any other mental health condition can make it hard for you to live your life. When you have a mental health disorder, you may use medical interventions in addition to a therapist. A counseling psychologist can teach you coping strategies for when an episode happens, and you can learn how you can be able to reduce depressive episodes.

For Diagnosing Issues

Sometimes, you may not think you have a mental health issue, but as it turns out, you do. Some problems are hidden, and a counseling psychologist can help shine a light on them, which is why counseling can help just about anyone.

How A Counseling Psychologist Can Help You

A psychologist helps you by listening to you and providing solutions in a way that's easier for you to understand. Sometimes, the solutions can be common-sense, but you might need to implement them.

Let's take depression as an example. One way to treat depression is to exercise. However, telling a depressed person to go out and exercise will not work. They have likely heard this and can't muster the energy to exercise. By motivating a client without motivation, a counselor might make the notion of exercising appealing. They may mix exercise with a hobby the person can do, or they may slowly introduce it into their mind until they get used to the idea.

Other times, a counselor works by helping people with their thought processes. Our thoughts can be self-defeating and can contribute to a vicious negative cycle. Say you had trouble falling asleep for one night. The next night, you're so worried about getting sleep that you end up not getting sleep. And the process starts all over.

A counseling psychologist helps to break that cycle by changing how you think. More supportive and positive ones can replace your self-defeating thoughts. Instead of worrying about getting sleep, your thoughts tell you not to worry, and it will come when needed. This reduces your anxiety and helps you get to bed faster. Many of these disorders feed off a negativity loop; a psychologist can tell you how to break it.

A counseling psychologist needs empathy. They need to put themselves in the perspective of people who are different from them. A psychologist will have people from different income levels, gender, race, lifestyles, cultures, religions, and many other factors. A therapist can support their life and not treat them like they are broken.

Often, the psychologist can work with various amounts of people. Sometimes, just the client and the therapist work together. Other times, a couple can work together to fix their issues. And then, there are times when a psychologist can work with an entire group, allowing the group members and the counseling psychologist to work together and find the answers they need.

Online Therapy Can Offer High-Quality Treatment and Support

A good counseling psychologist will have lots of training and a state license. When searching for a professional, do not hesitate to ask for credentials, such as their education, license, and experience. A counseling psychologist should not be afraid to tell you any of these things.

If you think talking to a counseling psychologist can help you, consider online therapy. With this type of treatment, you’re matched with someone who is available to help you right away, so you don’t have to worry about being on a waiting list. You attend sessions from anywhere you have an internet connection, and you can communicate with your therapist via email, phone, chat, text, or video chat. Research shows that online therapy is effective, with one review of 14 studies finding that it is just as effective as in-person treatment. Ready to learn more? Sign up with BetterHelp to take the next steps.


Counseling is not a sign of weakness but proof that you're willing to improve your life. If you need support for any reason, online therapy can help.

For Additional Help & Support With Your Concerns

This website is owned and operated by BetterHelp, who receives all fees associated with the platform.
The information on this page is not intended to be a substitution for diagnosis, treatment, or informed professional advice. You should not take any action or avoid taking any action without consulting with a qualified mental health professional. For more information, please read our terms of use.
Get the support you need from one of our therapistsGet Started
This website is owned and operated by BetterHelp, who receives all fees associated with the platform.