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Acing the Test: Your Guide to the NCMHCE

One of the final steps to becoming a licensed mental health counselor is the final examination. Although this hurdle may seem daunting, the proper studying and training can ensure success. This exam will test knowledge from both education and hands-on experience, ensuring that after passing the test, students are able…

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Understanding Agoraphobia Symptoms and Treatment Options

Agoraphobia is one of 10 anxiety disorders identified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Like other anxiety disorders that contain the word “phobia,” agoraphobia demonstrates the difference between common fears and phobia. However, agoraphobia symptoms are limited to specific scenarios and environments separate from…

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Responding to Trauma: Crisis Intervention Models

Crisis is a state of emotional turmoil or an acute emotional reaction to a powerful stimulus or demand, trauma expert Jeffrey Mitchell explains. There are three characteristics of crisis: The usual balance between thinking and emotions is disturbed. The usual coping mechanisms fail. Evidence of impairment in an individual or…

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Approaching Social Phobia: How to Treat Social Anxiety Disorder

Social anxiety disorder is one of 10 anxiety disorders identified by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition (DSM-5). Also known as social phobia, it is important not to confuse social anxiety disorder with other anxiety disorders containing the word “phobia.” In social anxiety disorder (social phobia),…

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Classifying Anxiety: Understanding the Difference Between Fear and Phobia

Anxiety disorders are the most common mental illness in the United States, according to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America (ADAA). They affect 40 million adults, or 18.1 percent of the population. Yet only one-third of those suffering from anxiety disorders receive treatment. A few types of anxiety disorders…

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Success Therapy: Your Guide to Clinical Mental Health Counseling

Lying on a couch and being asked “how does that make you feel?” is a popular cliche about counseling, but the reality is far different. The field of counseling is varied and multifaceted, and psychologists are not the only providers of mental health services. Clinical mental health counselors also play…

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Serving Your Community: A Guide to Human Services

The field of human services offers the opportunity to turn helping others into a full-time profession. Whether as a community health advocate, substance abuse counselor or other human services professional, this field gives you the ability to change your community and yourself. Human services jobs are not just rewarding emotionally; due…

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