Benefits of Working with a Licensed Counselor

There are many benefits to working with a licensed counselor.  First of all, it is a requirement that licensed counselors obey the codes and standards of their state.  The licensing board sets the code of confidentiality and ethical behaviors to protect the public.  Confidentiality states that conversations in the session, with certain legal exceptions, are confidential.  The confidentiality rule is an important foundation of counseling relationship.  This rule allows the client know that what they discuss will stay in the office.

The rules of ethics detail the appropriate and inappropriate behaviors in a counseling relationship.  Therefore, similar to the confidentiality rule, the client can feel comfortable they are safe environment with a professional that will not break boundaries.  Most noteworthy, when a counselor breaks the rules they have the potential to lose their license.

The counselor’s training is another benefit of working with a licensed therapist.  It is a requirement that the counselor gains a graduate degree in counseling.  Graduate school includes subjects on family dynamics, mental health diagnoses, counseling techniques and developmental issues.  Counselors are also required to complete an internship and several thousand hours of direct client contact to gain their license.  The licensing board and the counselor’s long history of training means a client can feel secure in sharing their thoughts and experiences with the counselor.

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