Sometimes, as you change, the relationships around you change.  Counseling often involves talking about and expressing intense and possibly painful emotions, facing and dealing with difficult situations in the present, or recalling frightening or challenging parts of your personal history. Counseling may result in feeling better about oneself and others, strengthening coping skills, reaching or making progress on one's counseling goals, improving interpersonal relationships, solving problems, improved academic performance, determining a major/career direction, having a safe place to express emotions, or building on one's strengths. Discuss questions or concerns you have about the possible risks and benefits of counseling with your counselor.