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Mental Health Counselor
Mental health counselors offer psychotherapy support to clients dealing with a variety of mental, emotional and behavioral health issues, including anxiety, depression, stress, grief, or low self-esteem, among other concerns.
Substance Abuse/Addiction Counselor
Substance abuse is categorized as the change that take effect to one’s brain while under the influence of an addictive drug substance. Substance abuse and addiction counselors evaluate a client’s mental and physical state in order to best assess their readiness for treatment before working with them to develop skills and behaviors that are necessary to recover from their addiction or to modify their behavior.
Professional school counselors provide direct and indirect services to students to support their academic, personal, and social development. Directly, they offer assistance with curriculum and activity planning, responsive counseling, and college planning for high school students. School counselors support students indirectly through referrals, consultations with parents, teachers and coaches.
College counseling involves different responsibilities that are pertinent to the college counseling center's mission. Whether college counselors are providing individualized attention to a student, running a small group session, or assessing risk for the student population, the college counseling center assists students through addressing their presenting concerns and promoting greater wellness.
Children and Adolescent Counseling
Children and adolescents progress through many life changes and challenges in their family, peer groups, schools, and other environments. From birth to their teenage years, children and adolescents can sometimes experience roadblocks in their development which can pose a physical, emotional, or mental concern for family members, teachers, and themselves.
Grief counselors work with clients coping with profound loss — whether this is the death of a loved one, a debilitating injury, terminal illness, divorce, or other significant personal bereavements.
Active duty military personnel, veterans and their families seek counseling help for a wide variety of mental, emotional and social needs. In a 2014 study, the National Alliance on Mental Illness summarizes that 1 in 4 active duty military members were exhibiting signs of a mental health condition to include posttraumatic stress disorder, depression, and/or a traumatic brain injury.
Pastoral counseling combines counseling with theological training to offer patients a unique and integrated approach to therapeutic treatment. A pastoral counselor is a licensed mental health professional who has also had religious training and/or theological education.
For individuals with physical, mental, developmental, and/or emotional disabilities, rehabilitation counselors assist them in leading fulfilling and successful lives through individual services to address barriers that exist in their environment.