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What is group counseling?
Group counseling is when one or more counselors lead a group discussion, usually between five and 15 people. The group may focus on a shared experience or situation, and provide support and encouragement to the other attendees.
What type of education is required for becoming a counselor?
Each state defines its own requirements for what licenses and education are needed to be a counselor. It's common for counselors to have a bachelor's degree in psychology or a similar field, as well as a master's degree. After that, counselors should obtain their state license, and can move on to achieving other licenses like the:
- National Certified Counselor (NCC) license
- Certified Clinical Mental Health Counselor (CCMHC) license
- Master Addictions Counselor (MAC) license
- Forensic Health Evaluators (FHE) license
- Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) license
- Certified Family Therapist (CFT) license
How long does it take for counseling to show results?
This all depends on the patient's goals and circumstances. Some people are happy with their results after just a few sessions; others continue to meet with their counselors for years. There is no right or wrong length of time to go to counseling.
What types of individuals are not a good candidate for counseling services?
Anyone can benefit from counseling services. Counseling can help you gain greater insight into yourself; deal with feelings of sadness, worry, depression or anxiety; as well as work out relationship problems, trauma or addiction. Not every type of counseling service works with every person.
Are discussions with a counselor confidential?
Yes. Except in very specific situations, a counselor will never repeat conversations from a counseling session. Situations where information from sessions might be shared include:
- If the counselor believes the patient might harm him or herself, or someone else.
- If the counselor wants to get a second opinion on the patient's treatment. If this is the case, the counselor should seek the patient's written permission before consulting another professional.
How much do counseling services cost?
This depends on a lot of factors, including the counselor and the patient's health insurance plan. Counseling sessions typically cost between $75 and $150, though some charge as little as $5 or as much as $200.
What are the most common reasons for seeking out counseling services?
There are many reasons to seek out a counselor. Some common ones include, but aren't limited to:
- Mental health conditions, like anxiety or depression
- Grief or loss
- Self exploration
- Life changes
What is marriage counseling?
Marriage counseling, or couples therapy, aims to help couples address and resolve conflicts to strengthen their relationship.
Is counseling the same as psychotherapy?
Psychotherapy is a practice that uses psychological techniques to provide insight and to encourage communication and new ways of thinking about a situation, with the goal to relieve mental or emotional disorders.
Counseling is the general term used for a conversation between professional and client to solve a problem.
Counseling can be independent of psychotherapy, though often psychological techniques are utilized during counseling sessions.
Counseling is a professional relationship between a counselor and a client to help the individual work toward and achieve goals related to:
- Mental health
- Habits or behavior
- Other personal goals