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By: Sharon L.
Alves, Roberta
Roberta is so successful because of her compassion, and the simple and effective tools that she uses to help her clients. She treats the individual, and when it comes to anxiety, depression, or just improving ones mental health, she definitely knows how to help! I know personally how hard it is to find a skilled, no nonsense therapist who is intuitive and straight forward, as I have tried MANY that I felt like I was wasting my time with. Roberta helped me so quickly in just a few sessions, to relieve my anxiety with simple tools that I still use to this day. I have not been the same anxious person since working with Roberta, and I am so grateful to her!
By: Helen A.
Alves, Roberta
Roberta is a thoughtful, reflective professional who has unparalleled insight. Her ability to listen and help you find clarity is only surpassed by how genuine and warm she is. Can't recommend her enough – she is AMAZING!!!
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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