Common questions about career counseling, guidance, and coaching.
What Is Considered Career Counseling?
Career counseling refers to guidance around the topics of career and educational direction. It can be provided as a standalone service, or as a part of a larger counseling session.
The goal is to help you think deeply about what brings you satisfaction within the working world and set realistic goals and actions to achieve success. This can be helpful at any part of the process, whether you are looking to begin a new career or achieve satisfaction in your current role.
What Are the Types of Career Counseling?
Career counseling can take a number of different forms depending on the individual and their current situation. Some of the most common scenarios include:
- Helping determine an area of interest in academic study
- Assisting individuals in feeling more fulfilled within their current roles
- Discussing the possibility of career changes, either within the same field or within a new field entirely
- Setting realistic goals and expectations for their current or future career
What Does a Career Counselor Do?
A career counselor works with individuals of all ages and backgrounds to help determine an appropriate and satisfying educational and/or career path.
This involves working together to identify the patient as an individual with unique desires and abilities and helping them best match these characteristics with a career that will interest and fulfill them.
How Is Career Counseling Helpful?
Career counseling is helpful because it provides an unbiased perspective from a mental health professional who can help you determine your interests and abilities while remaining impartial and realistic about the work that goes into each career path.
When Should I See a Career Counselor?
Individuals can seek career counseling on its own or as part of a larger counselor protocol at any time, from student to retirement age. It is not always about finding a new job or taking on a new role, often, career counseling can involve helping individuals find satisfaction within their current role through techniques such as reframing, stress management and more.
Who Needs Career Counseling?
People of all ages and backgrounds can benefit from career counseling. If you are feeling unsatisfied with your current or future career path, do not hesitate to reach out to a licensed counselor for this important service.
Is Career Counseling the Same as Coaching?
Career counseling can often overlap with coaching but it differs in that while coaching may refer to providing guidance for the future, including setting goals and examining the best way to achieve them, counseling includes aspects of mental health.
A good career counselor will not only seek to help the individual achieve their academic and professional goals, but will also work with the individual to examine their internal processes and challenges to determine the best fit for them.
How Much Does Career Counseling Cost?
Most insurance plans do not pay for career counseling as it is not a recognized mental health diagnosis, but do not let the fear of cost keep you from getting the help you need. If you have questions about the cost of counseling, please contact our office.