Counseling is a complex helping process in which the counselor establishes a trusting and confidential working relationship. The focus is on problem-solving, decision making, and discovering personal meaning related to learning and development. Practices of professional counseling include, but are not limited to:
- screening and treatment of mental and emotional disorders such as depression, addictions, eating disorders, alcoholism, and anxiety disorders
- helping persons with physical, mental, developmental, cognitive, and emotional disabilities
- helping students develop their educational, social, career, and personal strengths and to become responsible and productive citizens
- administering and interpreting tests and inventories to assess abilities and interests to identify career options and teaching job hunting strategies and skills, and providing support for persons experiencing job stress, job loss, or career transition.
Counselors can also help clients develop the personal tools to manage stress, deal with difficult people, break bad habits or addictions, balance work and family, develop assertiveness skills, improve self-image and self-esteem, plan for postsecondary educations or career development and advancement.
Education & Training of Counselors
- Master’s degree requiring a minimum of 60 semester hours in counseling, marriage/family therapy, or clinical social work
- 1000 pre-master’s supervised counseling hours and 3000 post-master’s supervised counseling hours over a minimum of 2 years and no more than 4 years
- 100 hours post-master’s supervision under a licensed mental health professional
- Pass a national exam
- 20 hours of continuing education per year, at least 1 hour in ethics
Fees may be covered by insurance and Medicaid or Medicare. Through a grant from the United Way, reduced fees are available. To schedule an appointment or inquire further call 812-232-4349