Interview your counselor

Counseling differs from coaching in that it is often focused on relieving symptoms and diagnosing mental illness.  Compared to coaching, counseling can often provide similar outcomes in working towards goals and eliminating unwanted behaviors, feelings, or experiences.  Because counseling is a regulated field, counselors (typically) undergo more clinical training than coaches.  In both cases, the relationship between the counselor and client is a determining factor in the effectiveness of services.

 

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What is Professional Counseling?

 

Counseling is a professional relationship created to alleviate stressors and problem areas in a person’s life.  It is used to diagnose and determine the cause of problem states and behaviors.

 

Many different theories, or types, of counseling exist.  It is not commonly disclosed by a therapist what their preferred theories of counseling are.  I find this relevant and important to disclose to my potential clients because it may largely determine the “right fit” between the counselor and client.  Although I use an eclectic selection of “what works” from a number of different philosophies, my work as a counselor is largely informed by the following counseling theories.

 

  • Solution Focused Therapy

  • NLP

  • Existentialism

  • Gestalt

  • CBT

 

Commonly reported outcomes of counseling:

 

  • Improved confidence & self esteem

  • Better stress & time management

  • A better understanding and reduction of depression or anxiety

  • A safe venue for expression of private concerns

  • Increased congruency in thoughts, feelings, & behaviors

  • Improved decision making & communication skills

  • Lessening of unwanted emotions (ex: anger)

  • More control of behavioral responses

  • More control of emotions & thought processes

 

 

Counseling can be beneficial to the following experiences:

 

Anger, Anxiety, Depression, ADHD, PTSD, Phobias, Bipolar tendencies, Self love, & self worth

Counseling Clients

 

My counseling clients are brilliant people who may be stuck in a rut, mad at the world or themselves, or simply not know what to do with themselves at this point in their lives.  These things can show up in many shapes and forms and may take the following diagnostic labels:

  • Depression

  • Anxiety

  • Phobias

  • Bipolar Disorder

  • PTSD

  • ADHD

  • Life Transitions

  • Insecurity

  • Anger & Agression

  • Despair

  • Indecisiveness

  • Disassociation

Counseling services are available in person, online, or by phone.