What is USDF Counseling?

Counseling is a place to talk about what is happening in a person’s life without judging her or him. It is safe and private. USDF counsellors are specially trained to understand the difficulties people can face. The person decides with the counsellor how often she or he wants help and what to talk about.

There is no shame in seeking help. It is the first step to regaining control of our personal life.

Counseling can be one-on-one or with the partner or family members.

How Can Counseling Help?

When someone has a problem, it could be hard to find hope and faith for the future. Counselling can help the person to believe that positive things can still happen.

Counseling is a learning process that helps people to take better decision and to deal peacefully with their problem. These may include:

  • help understand the things that seem out of control
  • help decide which actions to take
  • help to manage stress, anxiety, depression, anger, boredom and loneliness
  • help the person to understand that she or he is not alone
  • give practical information about dealing with money problems
  • link to credit counseling, legal services and other resources
  • help to get information about services in community
  • heal family relationships
  • reduce drinking and other drugs taking
  • help understand and reduce the triggers for family member’s gambling
  • help avoiding gamble places
  • avoid spending time with gambling friend
  • avoid slipping back
  • help restore trust
  • help to learn how to communicate better
  • help to learn forgiveness
  • help to reduce guilt and raise self-esteem
  • get a life back in balance

Counselling will help the person to reach her or his own goal. It will help to control a problem by identifying trigger points (the origin of the problem) and solve them.

It is important to win back trust from family members. This may feel impossible at some time and unfortunately not every relationship survives a problem. But with the help of a counsellor, a person can work through concerns with family members at her or his own pace. Changing a behavior is important, especially when the person first starts dealing with a problem, as this is often a time when problems are especially strong. Changing a lifestyle can help.

USDF’s counseling is free to anyone affected by a problem but donations are welcome.

Counseling is confidential, within legal limits. The counsellor should explain these limits before counselling begins. He or she should also tell what can be expected from counseling, and what will be expected from the person.