The Goals of Different Types of Counseling

By | March 25, 2019

CBT (Cognitive Behavioral Therapy)

The goal of different types of counseling varies depending on what they are. In CBT, the goal is to maintain a positive mindset and reframe negative thoughts. Cognitive Behavioral Therapy focuses on training your brain to think positively: avoiding generalizations, black and white thinking, and so on. Behavioral therapy is all about changing the way you think, and then your behavior changes so that you’re a happier, less anxious and depressed person.


Psychoanalysis is about understanding who you are, and the goal of this form of counseling is to figure out who you are as an individual and get to know yourself so that you feel comfortable with who that is and can care for yourself more. Someone who’s entering psychoanalysis is going to try to understand who they are and embrace their personality rather than hide from it. They want to be themselves, be comfortable in their skin, and accept the reality of what they’ve gone through in their life no matter how hard it is. It allows an individual to put their best foot forward as they move past hard times. It’s not easy to push past the pain from your childhood, but you can do it with the help of a trained psychotherapist. Sometimes, looking at your past is unpleasant, but we can learn from what we’ve experienced, grow and change for the better.

Trauma-informed counseling

Trauma-informed therapy is a place where you go to confront your trauma, work through what happened and how it affected you, and move past it. You don’t have to be defined by what you’ve been through, but understand that it’s okay to have a painful past; it doesn’t define you as a person, you can keep going, and you’re allowed to have vulnerability regarding your past experiences. It doesn’t make you less of a person; it makes you a human being. Trauma-informed therapy is a place where you can process your pain and start moving forward in life.

Career counseling

The goal of career counseling is to figure out what you’re good at by completing assessments and assessing your skills. After that, you’ll go work with your counselor to decide what you’d like to pursue and what you need to do to get there. You will identify your skill set and add to it. Career counseling is an excellent place to pursue what you love with guidance and support. You might be stuck in your career. Maybe you’re unsure of what you want to do with your life. Perhaps you’re unclear about what direction you’re going with your career path. A career counselor is there to help guide you in the right direction. Once you identify your skills, you’re able to search for positions in that field. Discovering what you’re good at can be a revolutionary experience. You might go into career counseling unsure of what you want to do with your life, and come out of it confident and ready to tackle the corporate world.

Online counseling

Finding a good counselor can be difficult, but you can do it. If you’re looking for a convenient option, you might consider online counseling. Online counseling is unique in that you can determine where and when you receive treatment for your mental health. You can decide what kind of communication you want to use to talk to your counselor, whether you receive therapy through text messaging, video chat or phone. Maybe you’re seeking couples counseling where you want to work on issues with your partner. Whatever kind of therapy you’re looking for, In online counseling, you find a therapist that practices the form of therapy you’re seeking. Maybe you want to work on techniques to conquer your anxiety in cognitive behavior or work on exploring your inner truth in psychodynamic therapy. You can find the kind of help that you’re looking for in online counseling. Online counseling is convenient, affordable, and allows you to get the help that you need anywhere with a reliable internet connection.

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