Counseling makes sense when you are having trouble coping with any situation or personal problem. It offers emotional support, new perspectives, and help in considering possible solutions.
So if you just want someone to talk to, are having a lot of changes, are in distress or feel overwhelmed by a concern, or find that you keep repeating the same mistakes, then you might consider counseling.
Some people don't succeed at counseling at first because of fear of change, unwillingness to deal with their problems, or it was not the right counselor for them. Often, people do not present the problem as it truly is but instead pick and choose what they wish to share. Some want the counselor to do an instant fix or do the work for them.
While some individuals who seek counseling services may have serious problems, it is also recommended for any life challenge and adjustment issues that a person may face. The role of the counselor is not to "tell" you what to do, but rather, to present informed choices, direct you to resources, supply you with information that you may not readily have and also support you in understanding how to meet your needs.
Weakness is actually the feeling that you can have when you are overwhelmed and are not getting help. It takes courage and strength to be able to get the help that you need.
(From Savannah State University)