Counseling

Written by Rachel Arieff
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Counseling is basically therapy, and it encompasses a wide range of skills, expertise, and specialties. Those involved in this practice can range from guidance counselors to marital counselors to gay couples counselors; drug and alcohol addiction to stress counselors. In other words, just about every type of situation is covered under the broad umbrella of therapy, or counseling.

Within the world of therapy, you have a wide range of experience, education, and skills. For example, many high school guidance counselors are only required to have a bachelor's degree. On the other hand, psychotherapists are required to have a Ph.D. One needn't necessarily be a doctor, however, to be able to lend you a valuable service as a counselor. It all depends on your particular needs. Particularly if you're on a budget, the less specialized the counselor, the better it will be for your pocketbook.

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Of course, many types of therapy are covered by insurance. However, this is certainly never a guarantee. Especially these days, with insurance companies willing to cover less and less, psychotherapy and counselors are not to be taken for granted in your coverage. If this is an important issue for you, always make sure to check on this before receiving the services of a counselor. There is nothing worse than receiving services you thought were free of charge, only to find you've racked up a bill.

Even if you have to pay out of your own pocket, though, counseling can be invaluable. For some, it's a matter of life and death. Plus, if insurance doesn't cover your needs, other types of financial assistance may be available. If you have a problem that you feel is insurmountable, I urge you to contact the appropriate counselors for your needs. Many times, problems that seem insurmountable are the result of procrastination, dread and denial. However, nothing is unresolvable. With the appropriate professional help, you can be pleasantly surprised at how much easier and more hopeful life can become.


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