Mental Health Counseling at Advanced Behavioral Health Center seeks to help people who have normal cognitive processes cope with difficult life events. Our Professional Clinical Counselors help people manage and overcome mental and emotional disorders as well as problems with their families and relationships. By listening to patients and asking questions, our licensed Professional Clinical Counselors help patients understand their problems and develop strategies to improve their lives.
Mental Health Counseling as a profession is relatively new.
It grew out of the guidance movement, in opposition to traditional psychotherapy. Guidance is the process of helping people make important choices that affect their lives. One distinction between guidance and counseling is that while guidance focuses on helping individuals choose what they value most, counseling focuses on helping them make changes.
Psychotherapy (or therapy) traditionally focuses on serious problems associated with intrapsychic, internal, and personal issues and conflicts. It emphasizes on the past more than the present, on insight more than change, on the detachment of the therapist, and the therapist’s role as an expert. Psychotherapists and clinical psychologists generally use the term psychotherapy to describe their work.
Mental Health Counseling Defined
Mental Health Counseling can be more precisely defined as a relatively short-term, interpersonal, theory-based process of helping persons who are basically psychologically healthy resolve developmental and situational problems.
Our Counseling services are guided by ethical and legal standards and all our clinical practitioners must complete a required course of study on either the master’s or doctoral level to be licensed or certified as a professional.