Philosophy of Counseling

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Philosophy of Counseling Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals. (ACA, 2010) Professional counseling is the application of mental health, psychological, or human development principles through cognitive, affective, behavioral, or systemic intervention strategies that address wellness, personal growth, or career development, as well as pathology and the primary purpose of counseling is to empower the client to deal adequately with life situations, reduce stress, experience personal growth, and make well-informed, rational decisions. (U.S. Dept. of Human Services, Mental Health, United States, 2002) As a counselor, I want to assist my clients in overcoming their problem(s) and provide them with the problem solving tools to conquer any future problems they may encounter. During this time, we will set short-term, long-term goals, and process goal to give us the direction of counseling and the purpose. There must be ongoing, meaningful evaluation of its useful purposes. Progress of my clients should be measurable and definable. During my interactions with clients, I must understand their feelings, behavior, and motivations so that I can help clients to identify any negative cognitive and behavioral patterns. As I fulfill my mission as a counselor, the therapeutic process must be given the time to work if the client is to achieve their personal goals and gain the necessary insight into their lives. By improving the wellness of clients, I strengthen their personal growth. The general goal of counseling is to help people become more empowered to see new and positive views and find the life style for healthier living and happier lives in their personal life, relationships, service, and work. Specifically, mental health counselors
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