What is counseling anyway?

Part of being a doctoral student includes building your professional identity. I am often asked “how is professional counseling different than psychology or social work?” So to begin I looked up the American Counseling Association’s definition of counseling. ACA describes counseling as the following:

Counseling is a professional relationship that empowers diverse individuals, families, and groups to accomplish mental health, wellness, education, and career goals.

I never intended to become a Licensed Professional Counselor. I completed a master’s program in Rehabilitation Counseling where one pursues a different credential than the LPC. But in time I grew into the role. I especially liked the strengths based, non pathological, foundation in counseling principals. It seemed to mesh well with what I intuitively knew about people, even after working with persons with severe and chronic mental illness, and about myself as a person. It definitely couples well with the “survivor brain” idea I often talk about.

If you are interested in more information about the American Counseling Association please visit http://www.counseling.org/

Welcome to the Adoption Therapist Blog!


This blog is time limited to run concurrently with my research practicum for my doctoral studies. So come December, I will determine if and how I will continue. My main goal for this blog is to disseminate journal information related to adoption counseling and adoption clinical research. Given that I attend adoption related conferences full of good information – there may be posts about those too. My hope is that this blog will keep me motivated to review and summarize journal articles so that more than 5 people read them. I read somewhere on FB (I forget exactly where) that only 5 people, including the authors’ mothers, read journal articles. Hopefully this blog will get important information out to those interested. I welcome any journal suggestions and comments too! Please send them my way.

Thanks for reading,