Updated: Sep 25, 2021
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
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
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:
Anger & Aggression
Counseling services are available in person, online, or by phone.
Full Day Accelerated Program
This intensive full day accelerated program will take you through 6 hours of one-to-one individual life work with Angelena. You will get faster results with the same efficiency as working one-to-one, once per week during the period of one month.
This program is designed for people who are ready to make changes in their lives NOW. It is recommended that clients pursuing this option are prepared for a significant life shift following this 6 hour intensive.
Individual intake required prior to scheduling intensive. The Accelerated Program is individually structured to follow your initial intake and facilitate therapeutic and coaching experiences designed specifically to fit you.
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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