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.
Few people would describe the counseling profession’s relationship with technology as comfortable, but more of today’s professionals are beginning to embrace the possibilities and envision the ways it might supplement therapy.
Counselors help clients recognize that grief is not reserved solely for big life events such as the loss of a partner, child or other family member, but also for ‘ordinary’ and sometimes societally unacknowledged losses.
Counselors who dream of the freedom and autonomy they would gain by being their own bosses should also be aware of the many challenges that accompany the rewards.