Counseling is a valuable and often underutilized resource. But it can be tremendously helpful and even life-changing. There’s a good reason why schools, colleges, and even workplaces offer counseling services to individuals facing unique challenges in their environment.
There is also a wide range of counselors who work in clinics or private practices, each with their own specialization. Family counselors help families address dysfunction and adapt to change. Marriage and relationship counselors help couples who are facing communication and intimacy problems. Mental health counselors help people treat psychological conditions and overcome a wide range of interpersonal issues that stem from disorders such as anxiety or depression.
What are the core principles of counseling?
All mental health professionals adhere to a Code of Conduct by the American Psychological Association. Similar to this code, there are fundamental principles to counseling that every professional should follow.
- Compassion – You will not be judged.
- Collaboration – You are not alone.
- Expertise – The professional has the necessary education and experience to help.
- Respect – You are in control of your life and take responsibility for your actions.
- Sensitivity to Difference – Inclusion is a must, and no one is going to be turned away because of their ethnicity, race or religion
- Confidentiality – What you say in counseling stays in counseling unless mandated by law
In practice, these principles all unite to provide clients with an inclusive, accepting and nurturing an environment where they feel free to express themselves openly and honestly. Mutual respect and understanding help a client and counselor work together to understand problems, develop solutions and overcome challenges.
What is the counseling process?
The counseling process can be divided into three stages or steps:
You seek a counselor because you have a problem and disclose what that problem is. Then, your counselor guides you through an in-depth exploration of the issue, identifying potential causes as well as exploring different courses of action. Finally, you commit to a plan and carry it out. You can work with your counselor to find the best tools for you to use in managing your problem.
What are some of the different types of counseling?
There are many different types of counseling, and they exist to serve a wide range of people facing all sorts of unique challenges and problems. While many people go to counseling in pairs or groups, a counselor will always strive to ensure that each individual is growing and benefiting from their sessions.
Some of the most popular types of counseling include:
- Marriage and relationship
- Mental health
- Children & teens
Providing teen, individual, couples, and family counseling.
Treatment specialization includes:
- Therapy for Depression and Anxiety
- Now offering Telehealth Services
- EMDR therapy for past physical, emotional, and sexual abuse
- Couples Counseling
- Premarital Counseling
- Anger Management
- Grief Counseling
- Teen Counseling & Therapy
- Stress Management
- Relationship issue and breakups
- Christian Counseling
- Child therapy for autism, ADHD, and other childhood disorders
- Parenting Issues
- Family Therapy