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Counseling Fundamentals

The "Fundamentals" of Counseling are basic skills, knowledge, and concepts that successful counseling is built upon.
The "Fundamentals" of Counseling are basic skills, knowledge, and concepts that successful counseling is built upon.
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Garysha  Youngblood
Garysha Youngblood
Background in treatment for individuals with addiction and correctional backgrounds
A vast array of emotions can be expressed through therapy. For some, it is the only place they can cry. And for others, crying signifies a release of something they might have held onto for so long. Crying is normalized in therapy. 


The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Chanelle Spencer
Chanelle Spencer
Providing Tele-Mental Health in NY, TX, FL & NJ

It’s completely normal to cry in therapy. Therapy is known to be cathartic. It’s a safe place to talk about anything - judgment free. So things like childhood trauma, life struggles and disappointments are all examples and reasons someone may become emotional. We don’t go around talking about things... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Crystal Robinson
Crystal Robinson
It's okay not to be okay!

Having multiple things/issues to address in therapy is very common. I would suggest taking on one issue at a time to get the most out of it versus rushing to address everything all at once. It's okay to give yourself some grace and take it one step at a time.

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Julia  Davis
Julia Davis
Learn healthy boundaries to gain confidence, compassion & peace

The short answer is no. You are human and some of us (myself included) have been through many twists and turns throughout our lifetime. The good news is often as we improve in one part of our life it has a trickle-out effect to the rest of your life. So you can feel more at peace and less hurried to... more

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Ryan Kopyar
Ryan Kopyar
I see you. I hear you. I am here to hold space for you.

I recognize that reaching out for help can be a very big step. It certainly sounds like you have really been through a lot in your life. Working with a counselor can help to sort through some of these past traumas and pain. Of course, we can not change the past, but we can change the meaning that... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.
Garysha  Youngblood
Garysha Youngblood
Background in treatment for individuals with addiction and correctional backgrounds

Therapy is a journey and like most journeys, there is always an ending. When a client has met their intended goals or has built confidence in skills they have learned in therapy, that's when they begin to transition. Furthermore, if a therapist and client aren't a good match or the therapist... more

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Kevin Mimms
Kevin Mimms
Building Better Connections

It is usually time to end counseling sessions when it is clear to both the client and the counselor that therapeutic goals have been reached and enough improvement has been made that the client can continue without that support. There are exceptions to this rule, but for the most part this is when... more

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Garysha  Youngblood
Garysha Youngblood
Background in treatment for individuals with addiction and correctional backgrounds

Like with any relationship, you can always tell if you are going to align with someone through the first interaction. You get a feel for each other and a sense of comfortability. You sought this person out because of their qualifications and experience. That was the first step. The second step is to... more

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Lydia Radke
Lydia Radke
Embracing many paths to a well life

It is a good idea to request a consultation (these are generally free of charge and virtual) with the therapists that seem to be a good fit. I usually recommend meeting with at least 3 therapists, provide each of them a scenario that you'd like to address, and ask how they would respond to the... more

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Julie Mathewson
Julie Mathewson
Help with change, transition, trauma and behavior for Children, Tweens, Teens, and Adults

This is tough. It is good to get referrals from a friend, doctor, school counselor etc. but what works for one may not work for another. Make sure they are licensed in your state and are in a safe area. You should ask if they have a free introductory call or session for you to interview them... more

The information above is intended as general information...  (more)The information above is intended as general information based on minimal information, and does not constitute health care advice. This information does not constitute communication with a counselor/therapist nor does it create a therapist-client relationship nor any of the privileges that relationship may provide. If you are currently feeling suicidal or are in crisis, call 911 or proceed to your local emergency room.