People who seek counseling are generally at a point in their life where things are not going as planned. They are in crisis and are reaching out for any help they can receive.
This is where a professional mental health counselor can be very helpful.
A counselor is trained to work with people in crisis situations (and people dealing with chronic mental health disorders) to help them find ways to better manage their symptoms and therefore be better able to manage their lives.
The type of therapy or counseling done will vary depending on what problem, or problems, a person is most concerned with working on.
Counseling sessions are, on average, 55 minutes and are meant to address the most pressing mental health concerns at that time while also ensuring continuous work towards the larger goals set forth during the initial therapy session.