Counseling FAQs

What training does a Counselor have?

A Counselor is a person who has completed rigorous academic studies and real life training. Each of our Counselors has at least a Master’s degree or a PhD in Counseling or Psychology. Generally, it takes 2 to 3 years of study to obtain a Master’s degree and an additional 3 to 4 years to obtain a Doctoral degree. After a Counselor graduates with his or her master’s degree, the state of Florida mandates that an additional 2 to 3 years of supervised internship be completed before taking a national licensing exam. Each counselor is also required to complete 30 hours of continuing education every two years.

What can I expect from going to Counseling?

While there is no guarantee that everyone is healed completely through Counseling, but there is much success in the therapeutic process. Counseling provides hope for demoralized people, a new perspective on the client’s life, and an empathic, trusting and caring relationship.

How do I select a Counselor who is right for me?

Selecting the right Counselor is crucial for healing. Research has shown that the best predictor of treatment success is the relationship between the Counselor and the client. It is important for the client to find a Counselor he or she can trust and that he or she thinks is a good match for his or her personality style. A Counselor should not just tell the client what he or she wants to hear, but should be honest and direct and tell the client what he or she needs to hear to in the healing journey.

If I go to Counseling does that mean I’m crazy?

No, the vast majority of people are not “crazy.” Crazy is generally not a term used in Counseling. Some people have had a break in their perception of reality and see or hear things that are not real. Those incidents are termed “psychotic” and not “crazy.” Counseling is a very accepted way for people to heal from mental health and substance use disorders.