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  1. Introduction
  2. Counseling psychology
  3. Tolerance and patience
  4. Twin Cities Therapy
  5. Conclusion

Counseling psychology is a career whose specialty involves helping people gain control of their feelings. It is a class of applied psychology that uses research and applied work to give treatment to clients who experience variety of emotional, social and behavioral problems. Among other psychology areas, counseling psychology has the largest number of professionals. (Brems & Johnson, 1997)
The career is often mistaken with clinical psychology. These two deal with treating mental and emotional problems but counseling psychology focuses on patients whose symptoms are less severe (Kennedy, 1990) Clinical psychology on the other hand deals with patients with serious symptoms and disorder.

The work of a counseling psychologist is diverse and deals with different types of patients including children, adults, students, families and couples. They work in different settings, such as hospitals, prisons and probation centers. In some cases, they start their own practice. (Kennedy, 1990)

What a counseling psychologist does is help patients conquer negative emotions and thoughts. The part of the job involves interacting with their patients from time to time. In order to treat a patient, counseling psychologists will try to create a serene and inviting atmosphere. It helps to relax the patient and open up to them (Kennedy, 1990) They encourage the patient to talk about their fears, feelings and behaviors. In between the processes, the psychologist asks questions occasionally. After listening, the counseling psychologist helps the patient solve his/her problem (Brems & Johnson, 1997)

[...] Anyone who has the above characteristic and values can make a good counseling psychologist and can pursue a career in counseling psychology (Kennedy, 1990) The minimum entry for requirement for counseling psychology is, a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. Doctor of Philosophy (Psy.D) or Doctor of Education (Ed.D). These programs are accredited by the American psychology association. (American Psychological Association, 1969) The complete education path of a counseling psychologist is first earning a bachelor's degree that takes an average of four academic years. After that, the candidate should earn a master's degree that takes two more additional years in campus. Finally, the candidate is supposed to earn a doctorate in psychology that normally takes 2 to 4 years. [...]

[...] The backbone of the counseling service industry is empathy. The feeling cannot be faked, thus, counseling psychologists should be able to understand patients' emotional pain and show passion. People who get frustrated easily, this is not a career to choose (Brems & Johnson, 1997) Counselors need to be stable individuals; they should not be distracted by their own personal problems. The counselor should address their problems first before dealing with a patient. A stable counseling psychologist makes stable decisions (Kennedy, 1990) Anyone who wishes to pursue counseling psychology should be comfortable with talking to all types of people. [...]

[...] (Brems & Johnson, 1997) There is a mixed perception by people in regards to counseling psychology and counseling at large. Counseling and psychotherapy have been described as ?potentially difficult," embarrassing and risky enterprise that induce fear and avoidance in some individual (Kushner & Sher, 1989). A large number of people believe that counseling services are used only after all other health services have failed. Little do they know that counseling services can help prevent severe health problems? (Strawbridge & Woolfe, 2010) People's perception of psychology as an infringement on personal privacy can be alleviated through adequate information sharing to the people on the importance of psychology in their mental health and emotional development (Kushner & Sher, 1989). [...]

[...] Getting help from outside the home in some cultures is regarded as a source of shame. Most of all, people are concerned that seeking professional help will affect their families and not seeking help (Kushner & Sher, 1989). Local people have a fear of disclosing their personal information. It is easier for them not to reveal their problems to anyone instead of consulting a counselor. Occasionally, families are not supportive of individuals seeking for fear of breaking the family bonds (Strawbridge & Woolfe, 2010). [...]

[...] (American Psychological Association, 1969) A good counseling psychologist is a good listener. The psychologist has to pay keen attention to what the patient is saying. The patients will say a lot of things, and some may not make sense or may be offensive. A counseling psychologist should listen and analyze the patients' problem carefully to help in administration of proper treatment. Good listening will lead to good understanding of the patient's problem (Brems & Johnson, 1997) Investigative character is required for this career. [...]

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