Your local counselor is a medical professional who is educated in supporting patients who are dealing with a variety of mental health concerns. A local counselor is different from a local psychiatrist in that they don’t prescribe medication. Whether you need marriage counseling, family counseling or alcoholism counseling, a local counselor can help you set, goals and improve your mental health and coping skills. The most common counseling approaches are behavioral, psychodynamic and humanistic. Some people seek individual counseling, while others sessions are in a group setting. If your local family physician thinks that you could benefit from seeing a local counselor, they can refer you. Or, you can make your own appointment.