What to Expect From Counseling
A counselor can help you identify problem areas, explore factors which may be contributing to them, and provide you with options and approaches to consider. Counseling is not something that's done to you; on the contrary, you play a very active role in the process, forming a team with your therapist to work toward agreed upon goals.
As a part of that process you may be asked to keep a daily journal, read self-improvement articles, practice new behaviors.... The goal in counseling is to draw upon your strengths to help you resolve your problems. Counseling is a way of helping you to help yourself.