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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

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.
Cynthia Finefrock
Cynthia Finefrock
Assisting with neurodiversity, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Oh, it's very normal! It's probably actually less normal to not LOL. That's why therapists keep a tissue box in their office--if it's in-person therapy, that is. My practice is virtual, so no tissues. However, I highly recommend the Vix lotion tissues LOL. Interestingly, some therapists don't offer... 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!

It is perfectly normal to cry in therapy. Therapy is a safe place to be you and to be vulnerable. Sometimes the best release is crying versus suppressing those emotions. 

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.
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

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.
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.
Cynthia Finefrock
Cynthia Finefrock
Assisting with neurodiversity, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

Self-exploration and curiosity are key. Think of therapy metaphorically like treasure hunting. You will find more together, but you both need to dig! Qualities to look for in a therapist are: 1. They specialize in the concerns that you need help with. 2. They are approachable and receptive. 3. They... 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.
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

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.
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

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.
Cynthia Finefrock
Cynthia Finefrock
Assisting with neurodiversity, autism, ADHD, depression, anxiety, and trauma.

No, you don't have too many issues for counseling; that's what counseling is here for! Now, you may need multiple therapeutic supports, unless you find a counselor who specializes in all of the concerns you have. Often, mental health treatment is a collaborative effort. So for example, you might... 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.

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.