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.
What type of education is required for becoming a counselor?
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
How long does it take for counseling to show results?
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.
What types of individuals are not a good candidate for counseling services?
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.
Are discussions with a counselor confidential?
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.