Counseling is the practice of talking about your thoughts, feelings and experiences with a trained professional to better understand your concerns and learn new ways of coping with life’s struggles. The focus of counseling is on the present day without much attention to the past or the underlying roots of any given problem. Counseling is effective in relieving symptoms of depression and anxiety and helping people cope with the many stressors of daily life. Counseling helps people learn to cope with illness, loss and other stress.