Counseling or therapy has grown in popularity in the last 30 years. I believe that as our society has become more individualized and more mobile, we struggle to make and keep meaningful relationships. It is often through community that we receive support and validation. I believe the counselor/therapist has filled a need due to this loss of community.
Research on the benefits of counseling has shown that people who are depressed actually get better quicker if they participate in counseling (particular cognitive-behavioral therapy). Rather than trying to trudging through emotional struggles on their own, people have found it very helpful to enlist the help of a skilled professional – someone who can provide them with tools and guidance to reach their life goals.