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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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Questions and Answers

Rachelle Burrell
Rachelle Burrell
What you have to say matters

No, you do not have too many issues for counseling. Counseling will help you to sort through all of these issues which should result in clarity, relief and a greater understanding of yourself. A therapist can help you to organize your thoughts and may help you to decide which issue is the most... 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.
Rachelle Bloksberg
Rachelle Bloksberg
Become the best version of yourself.

There are never too many issues to address in counseling. You can take things one step at a time.You are not a machine. There will never be a time like there is with a car where it's beyond the point of repair. You are not "broken," so you don't need to be "fixed."You have survived sexual abuse and... 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.
Angela Clark
Angela Clark
Being a mom is the hardest job there will ever be!

I consider crying during therapy to be completely normal. That's why I keep a box of kleenex on the coffee table in my office. When someone is actively engaged in a therapy session, lots of different emotions are running rampant and sometimes those emotions make us cry. It's not a sign of weakness... 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.
Rachelle Bloksberg
Rachelle Bloksberg
Become the best version of yourself.

Yes, it is normal to cry in therapy. It is also okay to laugh in therapy. Therapy is a safe place to be yourself.

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.
Kelly Garrity, LMFT
Kelly Garrity, LMFT
THERAPY FOR CLARITY

Not only is it normal and natural to cry in therapy, but it can in fact be so healthy and helpful! Being vulnerable in this way - crying as your therapist supports you - is in part what can allow you to heal the hurt behind the tears.My wish for you is that you learn that crying is not only okay... 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.
Angela Clark
Angela Clark
Being a mom is the hardest job there will ever be!

This is a great question to ask since research shows that the relationship between client and therapist is one of the biggest indicators of successful treatment. Here's a link to a great article on choosing the right therapist.https://www.healthline.com/health/how-to-find-a-therapist#referralsBut... 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.
Rachelle Bloksberg
Rachelle Bloksberg
Become the best version of yourself.

The therapeutic relationship is an essential part of effective therapy. Your therapist is right for you if you feel comfortable enough to talk about anything. You should also feel like you are making progress. A therapy session is more than just chatting with a friend. If your therapist is a good... 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.
Maria Anisia Cocan
Maria Anisia Cocan
Couple and Family Psychotherapy and Clinical Psychology

You have to feel listened by someone emphatic and compassionate who is willing to make a therapeutic plan from the beginning and explain to you what are the most suitable therapeutic approaches for you. Based on each person needs this can be done working hand in hand and making certain agreements on... 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.
Birch Snogles
Birch Snogles
Sex therapy for LGBTQ+ Individuals, Couples, and Relationships

Knowing you have the right therapist starts with checking in with how you are feeling in your body during the session and before a session begins. Is there an ease to the session and do you feel safe enough to open up and share. Research shows that the therapeutic relationship is one of the biggest... 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.
Sue Bates
Sue Bates
Change your dating & relationship patterns.

Oh, crying in therapy is very normal! I have a stack of kleenex boxes in my office. Cry away, therapist are very used to it:) First time being in therapy is scary, but you'll soon know if you are a good match. 

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.