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Counseling Today’s 20 most-read articles in 2022

Compiled by Lindsey Phillips December 28, 2022

a collection of all the 2022 covers for the Counseling Today magazine

The last few years have been filled with anxiety and stress about our physical, emotional and mental health, so it’s not surprising that the top articles for 2022 delve into those topics. Some other prominent issues in the counseling profession last year include the impact of legalized marijuana and the digital world on the profession, the need for financial change, clinical supervision and youth mental health. 

Here are 20 most-read articles in 2022 at ct.counseling.org 

#1: Stress vs. anxiety vs. burnout: What’s the difference? 

By Lindsey Phillips  

People often view stress, anxiety and burnout as three interchangeable conditions, but understanding what differentiates them can help in addressing what lies at the heart of each. Read the full article.  

#2: The emotional and social health needs of Gen Z 

By Lindsey Phillips 

Uncertainty and stress have left Generation Z feeling anxious, depressed and isolated and in desperate need of skills that counseling can provide. Read the full article. 

#3: The impact of legalized marijuana on professional counseling 

By Bethany Bray

With more states legalizing marijuana for medical and recreational use, counselors are being forced to consider the potential pros and cons in their work with clients. Read the full article.

#4: Counseling a broken heart  

By Bethany Bray

Romantic breakups often come with a lot of painful feelings and loss, but when processed in counseling, they can also be an opportunity to connect with oneself and make meaning from the experience. Read the full article. 

#5: It’s time for a financial change in counseling   

By Derek J. Lee 

The fact that counselors are, by nature, helpers and are often willing to give freely of their time does not mean that they should be treated unfairly as a labor force. Read the full article. 

#6: Self-diagnosis in a digital world  

By Lindsey Phillips 

Thanks to the popularity of social media postings about mental health and the ease of searching for symptoms online, more people are being tempted to self-diagnose. This article explores if that is necessarily a troubling trend for counselors. Read the full article. 

#7: Making every moment of clinical supervision count  

By Tiffany Warner 

A three-step method can help counselor supervisors use their limited time more efficiently while building strong competency in supervisees. Read the full article. 

#8: Journeying through betrayal trauma  

By Allan J. Katz and Michele Saffier 

Individuals who discover a partner’s infidelity and deception must undertake a challenging journey to find healing for the mind, heart and soul. Read the full article. 

#9: Behind the scenes with a counselor-in-training  

By Allison Hauser 

This article provides a glimpse into what life is really like for counselors-in-training. Read the full article. 

#10: ‘Not a monster’: Destigmatizing borderline personality disorder  

By Scott Gleeson 

The stigma attached to borderline personality disorder can make both clients and counselors resistant to treatment, but by working together, they can sort through these misconceptions and help clients rediscover themselves. Read the full article. 

#11: Disarming anger  

By Bethany Bray

Viewing anger as a messenger rather than an adversary can help clients decouple it from shame, unpack its origins, explore related feelings and gain self-awareness. Read the full article. 

#12: A cognitive behavioral understanding of social anxiety disorder  

By Brad Imhoff 

Once clients understand that anxiety is not something that is going to disappear altogether, they can turn their attention to managing it and loosening the grip it has on their lives. Read the full article. 

#13: A beginner’s guide to alexithymia  

By Jerrod Brown 

People with alexithymia struggle to identify and express their emotions. This subclinical phenomenon is a known risk factor for a wide range of psychological and physical health problems, so it has significant implications for professionals working in the field of mental health. Read the full article. 

#14: Sex-positive counseling  

By Lindsey Phillips 

Counselors must increase their own comfort and knowledge around sexuality before they can help clients navigate theirs. Read the full article. 

#15: De-escalating conflict between parents and teens  

By Bethany Bray

Friction between parents and teenage children is an inevitable part of adolescent development, but often the parents need as much — if not more — work in counseling as the teen to build the skills needed to navigate conflict. Read the full article.

#16: Getting triggered as a counselor 

By Lindsey Phillips 

Counselors will inevitably be confronted by countertransference, but by learning to recognize and manage it, an experience that has sometimes been stigmatized can become a tool for professional and personal growth. Read the full article. 

#17: Building trust with reluctant clients  

By Bethany Bray

Rather than labeling hesitant clients as “resistant,” counselors should check their assumptions, work to better understand the underlying reasons and barriers these clients face, and double down on unconditional positive regard. Read the full article. 

#18: What’s new with the DSM-5-TR?  

By Aaron L. Norton 

This article answers questions counselors may have about the latest edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. Read the full article. 

#19: Responding to the youth mental health crisis in schools  

By Bethany Bray

A youth mental health crisis is rising to a crescendo in American schools, so now more than ever, school-based counselors need support and buy-in from school staff, parents and outside mental health professionals. Read the full article.

#20: Confidentiality comes first: Navigating parent involvement with minor clients 

By Bethany Bray

Counselors must strike a balance between maintaining young clients’ confidentiality and accommodating parents who want to be kept in the loop about their child’s progress in therapy. Read the full article.


What was your favorite article of 2022? What would you like to see Counseling Today cover in 2023? Leave a reply in the comment section below or email us at ct@counseling.org.

Our most-read articles of 2019

Compiled by Bethany Bray January 9, 2020

Which counseling topics grabbed the most reader attention in 2019?

Close to 150 articles were posted at ct.counseling.org in 2019. Professional issues – including self-disclosure with clients, starting a private practice, impostor syndrome and the pros and cons of providing online therapy – topped the list of most-read articles at CT Online in 2019. Also popular were pieces on client issues such as perfectionism, parenting, couples counseling, impulse control, domestic violence, teen issues and social anxiety, among others.

Some of the top search terms that brought people to the site in 2019 included play therapy, polyvagal theory, self-care for counselors, empathy fatigue, countertransference, parenting in the 21st century, multicultural competence and cultural humility.

The most-read articles posted in 2019 at CT Online (ct.counseling.org)

  1. Counselor self-disclosure: Encouragement or impediment to client growth?” (Feature, February magazine)
  2. Establishing a private practice” (Cover story, April magazine)
  3. The messy reality of perfectionism” (Feature, March magazine)
  4. Is there an epidemic of emotional support animals?” (Member Insights, February magazine)
  5. The pros and cons of contracting with online counseling companies” (Member Insights, January magazine)
  6. When yelling doesn’t work” (Feature on parent/child discipline, May magazine)
  7. Finding strength in sensitivity” (Feature on sensory processing sensitivity, October magazine)
  8. Client suggestibility: A beginner’s guide for mental health professionals” (Member Insights, August magazine)
  9. Addressing intimate partner violence with clients” (Cover story, July magazine)
  10. Advice for the highly sensitive therapist” (Online exclusive posted in September)
  11. Five social, emotional and mental health supports that teens need to succeed” (Member Insights, September magazine)
  12. More than simply shy” (Cover story on social anxiety, August magazine)
  13. Taming impulses” (Feature, August magazine)
  14. Counselors as human beings, not superheroes” (Cover story, October magazine)
  15. The pretend professional” (Member Insights on impostor syndrome, July magazine)
  16. Grieving everyday losses” (Cover story, May magazine)
  17. Making it safe to talk about suicidal ideation” (Cover story, September magazine)
  18. Parent-child interaction therapy for ADHD and anxiety disorders” (Member Insights, March magazine)
  19. Procrastination: An emotional struggle” (Feature, November magazine)
  20. The miscommunication model and the WDEP system” (Knowledge Share on couples/relationship counseling, June magazine)
  21. Going beyond sadness” (Cover story on depression, November magazine)




What was your favorite article of 2019? What would you like to see Counseling Today and CT Online cover in 2020?

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Our most-read articles of 2018

Counseling Today December 26, 2018

What were counselors reading in 2018?

This year saw the explosion of the #MeToo movement, so it’s no surprise that a piece on supporting clients through sexual assault response was among the top five articles that received the most views at Counseling Today’s website, ct.counseling.org.

Readers were also interested in pieces on navigating and preventing professional burnout, as well as helping clients with workplace stress, chronic pain, eating disorders, parenting issues, trauma and a variety of other topics.

Interestingly, the top search terms that brought readers to ct.counseling.org in 2018 included “polyvagal theory,” “dual relationships in counseling,” “working with client lies and concealment,” “self-care for counselors” and “how to deal with countertransference.”

Close to 150 articles, both online-exclusive pieces and articles that also appeared in Counseling Today’s print magazine, were posted at ct.counseling.org in 2018.


Most-viewed articles posted in 2018 at ct.counseling.org

  1. The hurting counselor” (Member Insights on practitioner burnout, August magazine)
  2. The battle against burnout” (Cover story, April magazine)
  3. Parenting in the 21st century” (Cover story, March magazine)
  4. Effective ways to approach sexual assault response,” (Member Insights, July magazine)
  5. The therapy behind play therapy” (Cover story, September magazine)
  6. Understanding and treating survivors of incest” (Knowledge Share, March magazine)
  7. Could toxic workplaces be killing your clients?” (Feature, October magazine)
  8. Why do cops avoid counseling? Eight myths about law enforcement officers and mental health treatment” (Online exclusive, January)
  9. Talking through the pain” (Feature on helping clients with chronic pain, February magazine)
  10. Food for thought” (Cover story on disordered eating, February magazine)
  11. Past trauma in counselors-in-training: Help or hindrance?” (Online exclusive, May)
  12. When panic attacks” (Feature, August magazine)
  13. When help isn’t helpful: Overfunctioning for clients” (Online exclusive, March)
  14. Moving through trauma” (Member Insights on healing through yoga, breathwork and meditation, November magazine)
  15. The opioid crisis and a wounded counselor’s heart” (Online exclusive, May)
  16. Counseling people who stutter” (Member Insights, April magazine)
  17. Standing in the shadow of addiction” (Feature on supporting the adult children of parents with alcohol use disorders, November magazine)
  18. Five strategies to develop mental health models in schools” (Member Insights, March magazine)
  19. When bias turns into bullying” (Feature, July magazine)
  20. The social justice of adoption” (Online exclusive, June)






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2017’s most-read articles

January 3, 2018

What were counselors reading in 2017?

The year’s most-read post at Counseling Today online was a first-person article that shared insights on recovering from — and avoiding — practitioner burnout. Readers were also interested in pieces that shared professional insights on social issues, strengthening the therapeutic relationship, client issues such as trauma and anxiety, navigating technology, counselor licensure and other topics.

Interestingly, the top five search terms that brought online searchers to the Counseling Today website were “countertransference,” “self-care for counselors,” “multicultural competence,” “empathy fatigue” and “dual relationships in counseling.”

More than 150 articles, both online-exclusive pieces and articles that also appeared in Counseling Today’s print magazine, were posted at ct.counseling.org in 2017.

Most-viewed articles posted in 2017 at ct.counseling.org

  1. A counselor’s journey back from burnout” (Member Insights, April magazine)
  2. Yalom urges ACA attendees to hold fast to self-care and the therapeutic alliance” (Online exclusive coverage of Irvin Yalom’s keynote speech at ACA 2017 Conference & Expo in San Francisco; posted in March)
  3. Informed by trauma” (Cover story, October magazine)
  4. Facing the fear of incompetence” (Feature, April magazine)
  5. ACA continues push forward for licensure portability” (Feature, July magazine)
  6. Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD): A guide for mental health professionals” (Member Insights, July magazine)
  7. Living with anxiety” (Cover story, June magazine)
  8. Facing the realities of racism” (Cover story, February magazine)
  9. The (misguided) pursuit of happiness” (Feature, February magazine)
  10. Creative and novel approaches to empathy” (Knowledge Share, February magazine)
  11. Mental health implications of undocumented immigrant status” (Knowledge Share, April magazine)
  12. A protocol for ‘should’ thoughts” (Online exclusive, posted in October)
  13. Technology Tutor: Revisiting the ethics of discussing clients online” (Column, November magazine)
  14. Nonprofit News: Self-care for caregivers” (Online column, posted in March)
  15. When brain meets body” (Cover story, March magazine)
  16. Key concepts from Gestalt therapy for non-Gestalt therapists” (Knowledge share, June magazine)
  17. Becoming shameless” (Cover story, May magazine)
  18. The selfish act of forgiving” (Feature, May magazine)
  19. Observations from a licensing board” (Online exclusive, posted in July)
  20. Conversion therapy: Learning to love myself again” (Online exclusive, posted in February)







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CT Online’s most-read articles of 2016

December 27, 2016

What were professional counselors reading at CT Online in 2016? The year’s most popular new posts ran the gamut, from articles on attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder to technology to issues surrounding multiculturalism and social justice. More than 150 articles, both online-exclusive pieces and articles that also appeared in Counseling Today’s print magazine, were posted at ct.counseling.org in 2016.


Most-viewed articles posted in 2016 at ct.counseling.org

  1. Why failing the NCMHCE felt so good” (Online exclusive; posted in January)
  2. Coping with college” (Cover story; April magazine)
  3. Multicultural and Social Justice Counseling Competencies: Practical applications in counseling” (Feature article; February magazine)
  4. Reconsidering ADHD” (Cover story; August magazine)
  5. The anxiety behind selective mutism” (Online exclusive; posted in January)
  6. License to deny services” (Cover story; July magazine)
  7. Immigration’s growing impact on counseling” (Cover story; February magazine)
  8. The counselor’s role in ensuring school safety” (Cover story; September magazine)
  9. Gut health and healthy brain function in children with ADHD and ASD” (Online exclusive; posted in February)
  10. Using ‘Inside Out’ to discuss emotions with children in therapy” (Online exclusive; posted in March)
  11. Why can’t we be friends?” (Knowledge Share; February magazine)
  12. Technology Tutor: Thinking about discussing clients online? Think twice” (Column; September magazine)
  13. Raising counselors’ awareness of microaggressions” (Member Insights; June magazine)
  14. Stepping across the poverty line” (Cover story; June magazine)
  15. Counseling ‘unlikeable’ clients” (Feature article; September magazine)
  16. Counseling babies” (Knowledge Share; August magazine)
  17. Addressing ethical issues in treating client self-injury” (Knowledge Share; August magazine)
  18. Grief: Going beyond death and stages” (Cover story; November magazine)
  19. ACA endorses animal-assisted therapy competencies” (Online exclusive; posted in August)
  20. Controversies in the evolving diagnosis of PTSD” (Knowledge Share; March magazine)




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