Boca Raton Psychologist & Cognitive
Therapist Dr. Robert Heller
Boca Raton Psychotherapy Counseling
Counseling is a process of listening, clarifying, advising, educating, teaching and sometimes confronting a client in a particular area. The counselor is assumed to possess a particular expertise to help the client improve their decision making or to help in solving or resolving a particular problem or issue. An accountant might provide counseling to a client about their taxes, a broker regarding buying or selling stock or a priest or rabbi regarding some aspect of religion.
In the mental health area, personal counseling is most often sort out by individuals having problems with relationships, work, job, and / or emotions. Those seeking counseling usually do not have deep seated, highly complex problems, serious personality or mood disorders, severe anxiety or depression, major addictions or mental illness. Rather they are generally normal people dealing with a difficult situation, life problem or acute situation.
Counseling can increase awareness, understanding, help in making decisions and ease the pain of suffering.
Popular examples of counseling include: marriage counseling, family counseling, couples counseling, sexual counseling, alcohol and drug counseling.
Some counseling styles are non-directive or client centered, where the counselor mostly listens, reflects and clarifies, allowing the client to come to their own decisions. There is rarely any direct advice or opinions given.
Other styles of counseling are more direct. For example, a behavioral counselor helping parents to set up a rewards program to improve their child’s behavior.
Sometimes the distinctions between counseling and therapy are difficult to make. Counseling might be thought of as more short term while therapy suggests longer term and more in depth. However, at times a psychologist might be providing counseling and at other times, therapy.
To make things a little more complicated, the relatively new term “life coach” has become increasingly popular. “Coach” seems like a term that many people find more comfortable with as it conveys less of a stigma if you are receiving coaching rather than counseling or therapy.
Counseling generally focuses on the present situation and practical solutions to real problems. It shares this common feature with positive psychology and cognitive therapy.
Cognitive therapy as practiced by Dr. Robert Heller is able to provide coaching, counseling and/ or therapy depending on the needs of the client. With 38 years of experience he has helped a great many people deal with life’s most difficult challenges.
If you feel stuck, trapped, puzzled or just want an objective view of your circumstance and options, consider calling Dr. Heller for an initial consultation. Help is only a phone call away.Call Dr.Heller now at 561 451-2731.