A counseling psychologist is a mental health professional who works with patients with mental, emotional and behavioral problems and disorders. Counseling psychologists discuss issues with clients in an intimate, focuses on how people function both personally and in their relationships at all ages. Counseling psychology addresses the emotional, social, work, school and physical health concerns that people may have at different stages of their lives, focusing on common life stresses and more serious issues that people may struggle with as individuals and as part of families, groups and organizations. Counseling psychologists help people with physical, emotional and mental health issues improve their sense of well-being, relieve feelings of distress and resolve crises. The problems faced by psychological counseling are addressed from developmental
(lifespan), environmental and cultural perspectives.
They include, but are not limited to:
– Issues of school adjustment and career / work adjustment.
– Making career and work decisions and coping with school-work-retirement transitions.
– Difficulties in relationships, including marital and family difficulties.
– Learning and skill deficits.
– Managing stress and coping with negative life events.
– Organizational problems.
– Coping with and adapting to physical disabilities, illness or injury.
– Personal / social adjustment.
– The development of one’s identity.
– Persistent difficulties relating to other people in general.