Whether it's for a specific problem or a chronic mental health issue, counseling is a traditional, straightforward approach. It's what most people think of when they hear the term "talk therapy."
The goal is to identify what's causing your distress, as well as the underlying thoughts and beliefs that may be reinforcing the problem. The next step is learning to replace those unproductive thoughts and beliefs -- and the self-sabotaging behaviors that follow -- with new, healthy perspectives.
The process is targeted and can be short-term. You will know you're "done" when you have learned effective coping skills that you use consistently when a stressful situation pops up. Whatever symptoms were bothering you when you began therapy will no longer hold the same emotional charge. You won't be triggered as often or as intensely. And you will have the tools to deal with it when it does happen.
Be Not Afraid of Growing Slowly;
Be Afraid Only of Standing Still