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Dr. Emma Rishton
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Which benefits have you received from mental health counseling?

Which benefits have you received from mental health counseling?

Many: As a psychiatrist I have been a consumer of mental health services for about 20 or more years. Therapy has taught me how to deal with major life stressors, deal with mental issues in the family., how to cope with loss and adversity, and the critical omportance of listening empathic ally. It has given me greater in sites into what to do in therapy than my actual training program could. ...Read more

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Modern genetics allows us to understand how genetic diseases are inherited based on DNA, genes, and chromosomes. We can now test couples and fetuses for certain inherited disorders, such as cystic fibrosis, as well as other chromosomal and genetic abnormalities, such as Down syndrome.


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My future husband won't go to counseling.?

My future husband won't go to counseling.?

He must want it: Your future husband must want the counseling for himself, and no one can force him into it, and expect good results. My first psychology professor told us a joke that is clinically as valid back then as it is today, as follows: "How many psychologists does it take to change a light bulb? Only one, but only if the light bulb wants to change." Are you 100% sure he is Mr. Right? ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I find free mental health counseling?

For free counseling: Try your local mental health center, a local college or university with a psychology training program, or a local medical school with a psychiatry training program. The mental health center may have a sliding fee based on income. The training programs may provide services to community people as training for their students. ...Read more

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Is online counseling effective?

Is online counseling effective?

In person better: Online counseling can be effective, especially when there is a live visual component so that the participants can read non-verbals. In person counseling offers more to both the person and the therapist. If there are barriers that prevent one from attending in person, it is better than not getting treatment but i strongly recommend in person services if/when available. ...Read more

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Should I seek counseling for self confidence issues? What if counseling makes me even worse?

Should I seek counseling for self confidence issues? What if counseling makes me even worse?

Mirror Look: Good counseling is slow and thorough. It will depend in establishing confidence with the therapist. Beware, there will be touchy issues to tackle and this may cause you discomfort . Good therapy should help with your confidence but there's no quick fix to whatever answers you are looking for. ...Read more

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Wanted to know where can I go to find free counseling?

See below: Contact your local health department -- it might serve as a good starting point. http://dbhids.org/ the link above is pa department of mental health. Good luck ! ...Read more

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Can you refuse counseling if you are over 18?

Can you refuse counseling if you are over 18?

See below: Yes, you can refuse counseling if you're over 18. If person is not mandated by the legal system, s/he can refuse counseling with whatever consequences to that person's functioning. Usually, if counseling is mandated by the legal system and the client is not cooperative there are consequences to that on the legal level. ...Read more

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How or where can I find free or low cost counseling?

How or where can I find free or low cost counseling?

Graduate schools: A really great resource can be clinics that allow advanced graduate students in counseling to gain experience as they finish their studies. They get credit hours and supervision (kept confidential) as they meet with you, and you get the benefit of low cost counseling. A down side is that the students are there for a few months to a year, so your therapist might change. ...Read more

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Can there be anywhere i can get free online counseling?

Maybe, but....: Why not see someone face to face, which is a better way to talk about things? There are places where you can get free or low cost in-person therapy. Check with local universities that have graduate programs in psychology and counseling, agencies like family service agencies, catholic charities, or united way. Since you asking this question from ny city, there are many places available. ...Read more

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How important are shared values in counseling?

How important are shared values in counseling?

Comfort vs shared: I would say shared values are comparatively unimportant in counseling, whereas feeling comfortable with your counselor is far more important. The values of your counselor are not why you're there. It's your values and emotions that should be of primary clinical focus. ...Read more

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