By: R R.
Bloom Therapy P
I can't speak to Katy's effectiveness as a therapist because I was never able to get an appointment. While I am sure she is wonderful at what she does, her management of new client communications was unsatisfactory. I initially emailed her asking if she is taking new clients and if so, if I could talk to her on the phone for more information. I did not receive a response to this email for over a week. Once she did respond, she said she was taking new clients but did not want to talk to me on the phone until she knew that I fit in with her current schedule, which is fair enough. I replied to this email and just never heard back. It's been months now. I'm sure this was an honest mistake on her part, but I think if you are too busy to reply to emails in a timely manner or talk on the phone with potential new clients, then you should not be accepting new clients. I was also disheartened by her behavior due to the fact that the main reason anyone reaches out to a therapist is that they are having an emotional struggle, so imagine the insult to injury when you finally get up the nerve to ask for help and the therapist decides it's not worth her time to talk to you.
By: Sunny C.
Plumeria Counseling Center
Since Plumeria Counseling Center first opened in 2009, it has afforded cost-effective therapy to thousands of people in need, many of it even pro bono. Their therapists, as a group, have performed over 80,000 counseling sessions. So sad that only the disgruntled take a time to leave a review. 4 out of nearly 10,000 clients? Pretty amazing if you ask me. This place is a wonderful counseling clinic. Period.
By: cluelook2
Alice C Lawler, Other
She shows a rare combination of personalism and professionalism.
Tips & Advices
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.
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
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.
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.
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.

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