When it comes to assessing for and treating depression in clients, counselors must be careful to steer clear of one-size-fits-all thinking.
A counseling license doesn’t inoculate practitioners against wrestling with “what if” thinking, struggling with problems in their home life and personal relationships, or experiencing some of the same hardships that they help clients walk through.
By sensitively — yet straightforwardly — addressing the topic of suicide, counselors can encourage clients to open up about an issue that too often remains shrouded in shame and stigma.
Highly treatable but often passed off as shyness or awkwardness, social anxiety can bring clients to a counselor’s door when they’ve reached a breaking point and are no longer able to get by with their long-held coping mechanisms.
Professional clinical counselors are charged with learning how to spot red flags and then carefully respond to a complicated and emotionally charged issue that is present in an uncomfortably large percentage of intimate relationships.