counseling

Counseling is a collaborative effort between a counselor and a client. Licensed counselors help their clients identify goals and potential solutions to problems that cause them emotional turmoil.

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Depression runs in families.

Depression runs in families.  That’s a fact. And if your grandparents were bipolar, does that mean that you’re stuck?  The first real question is “What does it mean to be stuck?”  Depression does run in families but that just means that there is a heightened chance that someday you will exhibit some symptoms of what is …

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Christian Counseling

Christian Counseling Near Me

After having yet another person ask whether there was any Christian counseling near me, I started doing some research. Great question. I just sublet to a therapist who self-identified as being a Christian counselor  Four days in one city and one day in another city. He sub-sublet his office to another Christian counselor in my …

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Diagnosis

Is depression just another diagnosis?

Are you depressed? Is depression just another diagnosis? Over a decade ago, depression was called the “common cold of psychiatry.” I never ask that question because people will tell me before I ask it. I used a textbook titled “Dr. Smith’s Lectures on Psychopathology” in which I described depression in all its flavors. In fact, I likened …

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Families should act now to benefit from financial counseling

A doctoral student said that families should act now to benefit from financial counseling.  She explained its financial and emotional benefits.  She was persuasive as she told me ways of saving and spending money.    Winning the lottery (nope); inheritance (nope); selling Aunt Jenny’s house (nope). I became curious when she talked about the financial freedom …

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How Much Money Do Therapists Make?

Whether you’re a graduate student who is hoping to make some money some day or a fully licensed and experienced therapist, you may be wondering how much money do therapists make?  I provide some ideas on the type of therapy that are reimbursed.  https://drsmiththerapy.com/specialties/  Ignore the horror stories from the guy on the street corner.  Before …

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Christian counseling

Four Reactions To Christian Counseling

My friends’ four reactions to Christian counseling‘?  m not sure that I should proud of writing a post that in which people are uncomfortable, upset, relieved, and well, just plain curious. But there are many, many reactions to Christian counseling and those four reactions are a good place to start. Uncomfortable. Some churches keep their worship …

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